We live in a world where many people still have to fight for their rights and voices to be heard. The LGBTQ+ community has made strides in recent years, but it still has a long way to go to be treated equally. That is why pride events are essential and should be celebrated.
Here are the top five reasons why the LGBTQ+ community should continue celebrating pride.
- Challenging Transphobic And Homophobic Legislation
There are still transphobic and homophobic laws that prevent people from genuinely owning their identity in many parts of the world. For example, LGBTI rights activists in Moscow have been prevented from holding pride events. On the other hand, federal legislation prohibits the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.
In simple terms, such legislation bans activism in this regard, support groups, and it provides punishment to people for expressing their gender identity and sexual orientation. That is the reason pride needs to be celebrated, and awareness needs to be spread.
- Death Penalty
Did you know that in twelve countries, there is a death penalty for homosexuality? Yes, you heard that correctly. That is because homosexuality goes against those people's religious and cultural beliefs, which is why there is a death penalty.
Countries that have this include UAE, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, and Brunei. Pride events are needed to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ communities that go unheard in many countries.
- Hate Crimes
Many people are still attacked for owning up to their perceived or real gender identity and sexual orientation. There is harassment and violence every day, and even during pride events, this happens. The worst part is that these violent crimes are not investigated, prosecuted, or taken seriously by the authorities.
That is why pride events are needed more than ever in this time. People need to understand it is not okay, and the authorities need to take these matters seriously. After all, at the end of the day, we are all humans.
- Conversion Therapy
Conversion therapy is one of the cruelest therapies that take place, and it needs to stop. No country takes this seriously, and no laws govern the ban or restriction of such an activity. People are forced to convert to a standard gender or sexual orientation.
Till now, only two countries in Europe: Malta and Germany, have banned conversion therapy. That is why we need more voices to stop this heinous, gruesome, and violent practice.
- Passport Recognition Of Non-Binary Gender
As of now, only eleven countries recognize non-binary genders in their passports. These countries include Nepal, Australia, Argentina, Denmark, Canada, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Malta, India, and Pakistan. We need more recognition as these problems shouldn't exist for people with non-binary gender.
These are the top 5 Reasons Why The LGBTQ Community Should Celebrate Pride. The event is vital to raise awareness and fight for their rights. It is unfortunate that even in the 21st century, people have to fight for them to be granted fundamental human rights.