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The truth about common LGBTQ misconceptions

CNN by AJ Willingham and Scotty Andrew

(CNN)The United States is at stake LGBTQ Rights Moments: More Americans identify as LGBTQ than ever before, but more than half of the stateshave introduced, and in some caseshave. Passed. } Limits therights of LGBTQ residents.

So far,allieshave learned how to better support LGBTQ loved ones and gain a deeper understanding of the diversity that exists within the wider LGBTQ community. It's a good time. An analysis of 2021 census data from the Human Rights Campaign has identified more than 20 million Americansas LGBTQ to protect and expand LGBTQ rights. It's a very important time. As the
Pride Monthended, LGBTQ people asked experts about some of the things they wanted others to know.

Many LGBTQ people are religious, even though faith does not always affirm them

Political stories are often Depicting religion and LGBTQ experiences as exclusive, Christian belief-based arguments are often used to oppose rights such as same-sex marriage. Nonetheless, many LGBTQ people say they are religious, and some of the largest mainstream Christian denominations openly affirm LGBTQ members and ordination them as spiritual leaders. ..

According to the 2020report from the Williams Center, a public policy research center focused on LGBT in the UCLA law, about 47% of LGBT adults are religious. It states that it is a target. (However, these numbers are subject to change as this report is based on data collected between 2015 and 2017.) This number reaches 65% for LGBT seniors. The report states that it did.
Black LGBT adultsand southern adults were more likely to be religious (71% and 54.1%, respectively), the report found. Overall, it's more than 5 million LGBT adults in the United States who have described themselves as religious.
The ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, Sarah Tebistowns, is a large-scale Christian priest who supports biblical cases to affirm the LGBTQ people. It is one of the groups. (The Christian organizationReform Projectis one of the leaders of this movement.)

"The Early Christianity affirms women and recognizes gender beyond duality. "It was," Tevis Townes told CNN. "Today, most major Christian denominations support LGBTQ people, but the church makes many mistakes and is not accountable in other Christian practices."

Many LGBTQ people want marriage and family

2015 same-sex marriagefederal legalization-now often referred to by name Obergefell, the plaintiff in that groundbreaking case, was a moment of great diversion for LGBTQ rights and LGBTQ couples ready to marry. About one in ten LGBT adults in the United States is married to a spouse of the same sex, and Gallupreportedin 2021. And today, 63% of gay LGBTQ couples are married, indicating that LGBTQ couples will seek marriage if given the option, "said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD. increase.

In addition, according to theFamily Equality, a non-profit organization aimed at extending the law, about 77% of LGBTQ adults aged 18-35 are already parents or in the future. I want a child. LGBTQ family protection.

"This all shows that people use it when they have the right," Ellis adds.

However, LGBTQ population includes Gen Z and Millennial members, so in the case ofMillennials, both younger generations are increasingly delaying marriage. , Young LGBTQ people may not be thinking about marriage, and this can affect the overall proportion of married LGBTQ couples, says Keri Konron, research director at the Williams Institute.

There are several ways transgender people can transition, not all are medical

to live a more real life. Some (but not all) transgender and non-binary people may change their outfits, appearances, pronouns, and names. Any or all of these may constitute a person's migration. Many rhetoric that question the validity of the transgender experiencefocuses on surgical or medical transitions, but Konron also has social transitions (non-medical changes). He points out that it can be equally important.

"Many people haven't started hormone therapy and even fewer have received other medical treatments, sometimes because they aren't interested in such treatments," Konron told CNN. Told.

For the transgender community, gender verification procedures and access to health care are essential and can save lives from a mental health perspective. Based on data from the latestUS Transgender Survey, led by the Stanford University School of Medicine, thestudy, published this year, initiated hormone therapy. Gender adults teenagers were less likely to experience the idea of ​​suicide than those who wanted hormone therapy but never had access to it.
Anotherstudy of more than 100 transgender and non-binary youths published this yearfound that receiving gender-verifying health care for depression. We found that the odds were reduced by 60% and the suicidal odds were reduced by 73%. following year.
Cost and accessibility, anddiscrimination within the healthcare systemare major reasons why transgender people do not seek medical treatment to verify their gender94} And some transgender people can live perfectly with their gender identity without it.

Gender is not an alternative

"Transgender" is a relatively new term dating back toin the mid-1900s, {Records from 106} Ancient civilizationsToaround the world, live their lives and express themselves outside or even outside the social norms of gender that were envisioned. Contains evidence of people and groups who have done. Completely male and female sex binary.
Intersex people are just one example. Up to 1.7% of the population is born with anatomical, chromosomal and hormonal functions that are outside the typical notions of the male and female body.According to the United NationsThese fluctuations occur naturally, so there are all reasons to believe. They have existed throughout history-even before science had the tools and languages ​​to identify them-and even in intolerant societies. , The data are also beginning to reflect much of these experiences.

"The number of studies counting transgender people is starting to grow, creating a sense that transgender people are a new population," said Konron of the Williams Institute. "But that's not the case. Increased visibility."

The US Census Bureau did not begin collecting official data on sexual orientation and gender identity until 2021Recent history has hampered attempts to create a big picture due to lack of data on transgender individuals-and crimes against transgender people in the US transgender community-and, for example, transgender people. It also presents issues when investigating. Historians such as
Susan StrykerandJules Gill-Petersonpresent comprehensive works exploring the recorded history of transgender people. Did. "Transgender" has become commonplace, and organizations like theNational Transgender Equality Centerinvestigate trans-Americans to create a more complete picture of the population. I have led the effort.

"Here, the explanation of history is the most important resource for looking back on the history of transgender existence, gaining perspective, and thinking about various terms and ways in which people express themselves. "Konron says.

Visibility is strong, but not enough

In February poll, Gallup wasFound more people In an anonymous survey conducted in 2021, more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or "non-heterosexual" than at any other time in the last decade. Self-identified as "something". This change was mainly caused by young people.

Approximately 21% of 18-24 year olds (Gen Z demographics) have identified LGBTQ, found in a Gallup survey. Bisexual is the most common identifier in Gen Z. According to Gallup, about one in six Gen Z youths identify this way.

"Being an LGBTQ is not new, but many of the rights of LGBTQ people today are new. For decades, we have expressed not only in the media but also in the workplace. We've been fighting for strength and awareness, at school, and everywhere LGBTQ people live our lives, "says Ellis.

"Thanks to a lot of hard work, the people who come out as LGBTQ today are not afraid of impact and do so confidently in the future of relationships, families and careers. I can.

However, Ellis has expressed concern that the recent increase in anti-LGBTQ activity across the United States could undermine its confidence. According to the2021 report from GLAAD, about 70% of LGBTQ people reported that they experienced targeted discrimination in 2021. It has increased by 24% since 2020.

And in states across the country, there was a wave of new legislation limiting the rights of transgender people. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, more than 58,000 transgender youth across the United States face access restrictions and suggestions that can quickly lose access to gender-verifying care.

"We're not going back to the closet," says Ellis. "But that visibility causes the repulsion we are seeing now."