Give It a Shot

Acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community over the years.

“[My father] believes that men were made for women and women were made for men,” said Oxnard High School student Janice Rodriguez*. Even though it is 2016 and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) community is more welcome than ever, there are still individuals out there who are not okay with their relationships due to different factors.


Religion is one of the reasons people are afraid to come out as part of the LGBTQ community. The Center for American Progress found that there are between 320,000 and 400,000 homeless youth due to their families’ rejection of their coming out.


Even though it’s 2016, crimes against the LGBTQ community still happen. Just six months ago, in June, a gay nightclub in Miami, Florida was attacked by a man who could not deal with accepting his identity.The lives of many were lost through this attack,


However, the event was just a small drawback in the many accomplishments the LGBTQ community has received. According to Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement, in 1977 Harvey Milk, a gay man, won a seat in the San Francisco Board of supervisors and help lesbian and gay individuals from losing their jobs.


OHS senior Hannah Quiroz is supportive of the LGBTQ community. Quiroz said that being gay does not make anyone less of a person. She continued, “I don’t believe that one’s sexuality defines who one is as a person, and it’s not fair to discriminate against someone based on the concept of his or her sexuality.”


Unlike Quiroz, Rodriguez has had to keep her gay friends in the closet hidden away from her father. Some of her closest friends are gay, but she knows if her religious father found out he would not be okay with it.


Despite the fact that her father is not okay with the LGBTQ community, she continues to support them. Rodriguez stated his opinion has never affected her.


The LGBTQ community continues to gain more support each year.Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement reported that in 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. The same source stated that in 2010, gay and lesbian military members could openly serve in the United States military.


The community’s biggest milestone came last year when the U.S. legalized gay marriage across the country on June 25, 2015.


*Names have been changed to keep interviewee anonymous.