SEXISM AGAINST TRANSSEXES
Sexism against transsexes has also only been recently identified, and it has also yet entered into the public discourse. Traditionally, transsexes are viewed as having psychological problem of gender identity disorder, or more recently viewed as simply being radically.
Transsexuality refers to the condition of being self-identified with the opposite sex and the LGBT movement has actively fought sexism against transexes. The most typical forms of sexism against transsexuals are how many "women-only" and "men-only" events and organizations have been criticized for rejecting transfemales, and transmales respectively. Transsexed people are also often the target of hate crimes, as the traditional notion of masculinity and femininity is often perceived to be threatened by those who adopt a different sex later in life.
Many Americans believe that persons of different sexual orientations, whether heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual, are protected against job discrimination. It is not so. There are laws against employment discrimination on the basis of gender, race, and other criteria. But most states do not have a law protecting the jobs of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals.
Various bills have been introduced since 1994 to safeguard the jobs of persons of all sexual orientations in most of the world countries. New measures to stop schools, companies and other agencies , refusing people services because of their sexualtity, were put in many countries, too. Another example which comes to demonstrate this progress of decriminalising transsexuality is that more and more states are accepting their manifestations, called „Gay Fest”. In Romania, for example, until the integration in the European Union, there was no law regarding homosexuals. But, in the last two years, Romanian Government has made lots of laws which tend to improve the integrations of this sexual minorities into the society.
- right of having homosexuality decriminalised;
- right not to be discriminated in matters of employment, education, social security and other benefits;
- right for a legal recognition of homosexual relations through marriage or partnership contracts, etc.
Rights of homosexuals have three main components:
Church Against Sexual Minorities. One of the most important institutions which oppose the decrimination of the sexual minorities is the Church. Its members consider homosexuality one of the shameful problems of human beings so they try, through any means, to stop it.
Few studies of gay and lesbian populations have been sufficiently large to yield useful information regarding the incidence or prevalence of anti-gay harassment, discrimination, and victimization or to identify demographic subgroups at particular risk. However, a growing literature on violence in high schools does offer some important insights. Population-based studies indicate that gay, lesbian, or bisexual adolescents (defined by sexual behavior, sexual attraction, or self-labeling) are more likely than other adolescents to report being involved in fights or to be the targets of harassment. For example, according to 2 such studies, between 25% and 38% of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents were reported of being involved in a fight in school during the past year, as compared with 7% to 19% of other adolescents. It is important to note that students have not made the difference between violence that occurs because of sexual orientation and violence that occurs for other reasons. They have also tended to exclude nonviolent forms of discrimination.
"KBHC is committed to fostering an environment that daily affirms the professional, personal, and spiritual development of our staff. That environment includes a safe work place, an appreciation of multicultural backgrounds, and a commitment to ethical integrity." Excerpt from The Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children's mission statement.
"The single most important thing (gay and lesbian) people can do is to come out, and one of the obstacles to coming out is the fear that you're going to lose your job." Representative Barney Frank (D-MA)
"A homosexual is not a role model for traditional family values," says Scout spokesman Gregg Shields. (Newsweek, 8/17/98)
"We also think that men who are promiscuous and those with DWI convictions do not make good role models," said Gregg Shields, spokesman for the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas. (Kansas City Star, 3/21/01)