In the Middle: Let people be who they are

Ayden McHenry

Right now in the United States, even after years of fighting to raise awareness, the LGBTQ+ community is still being attacked. It doesn’t even have to be provoked; every day, people who are a part of this community are harassed. Whether it’s because of religion or just an unfair bias, it’s sickening that in 2019, we still haven’t evolved enough to accept people for who they are.

In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 hate crimes in the U.S. were committed because of people's sexual orientation, and 2 percent were because of gender identity. These crimes ranged from bullying to harassment, and in some cases murder. In 2017, 13 women of color were killed just for being transgender.

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