IntroductionGood for?LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgenders.

IntroductionGood morning/afternoon everyone, I would like to begin our presentation today with a question.What does LGBT stand for?LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgenders. You may be thinking, why did i ask this question.Before you make any assumptions, let me show you a short clip.(plays video)This is one of the different types of unfair treatment that LGBTs facesLGBTs around the world face violence, inequality and sometimes even execution just because of who they love, how they look and who they are.Did you know that in 13 countries, being gay or bisexual is punishable by death?While, a total of 40 countries retain a ‘gay panic’ condition which allows people to get away from committing assaults or even murder just by saying they were provoked by lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders. LGBTs are humans too yet they are not given basic human rights and are treated inhumanely.Today, we are here to address the discriminations faced by LGBTs and hopes for it to end.BodyLGBTs are being discriminated in many different ways which may harm or have a huge impact on them. Being rejected by familyAccording to an article, 50% of LGBT teens experiences a negative reaction and rejection from their parents after revealing their sexual orientation.30% of them experiences physical abuse and 26% of them are kicked out of their homes. In fact, almost half of the homeless youths are made up of LGBT children and the primary reason behind it was family rejection.     2. Employment DiscriminationMany LGBTs have faced discrimination, bias-ness and rejection during recruitment after disclosing about their sexual orientation.They were treated poorly and had to face unfair firing and wages gaps, which caused an enormous impact on themIt is harder for them to financially support their families and themselves. They are being judged based on irrelevant characteristics such as gender identity, sexual preferences instead of the quality of their work. A survey found that 26% of them  were treated unfairly while 47% of them said that they had experienced an negative job outcome, such as being ?red, not being hired, or even being denied a promotion.   3. Healthcare discriminationResearch have shown that it is generally more difficult for the lgbt community to receive necessary healthcare from their healthcare providers. They are often rejected and are not provided with appropriate  medical care. This could endanger the  patients’ lives and health and can have irreversible consequences. The refusal of health care could also add expenses and burdens to health care for those who can barely afford it. As mentioned earlier on, most of the LGBT individuals faced employment discrimination and might not have a high or stable income to afford the extra-expensive health care, therefore ,they are heavily affected by the refusal. The refusal of healthcare could be costly for them , as they might have to spend extra time and expenses to look for other healthcare providers. Some would even travel 500 miles to get their treatment. The fear of rejection and discrimination would prevent some LGBT individuals from seeking medical help.Many would distrust healthcare workers which makes them feel ashamed, vulnerable and isolated.Some would even refuse to disclose personal information which could affect the medical help they really need.    4. Bullying and Harassment LGBTs are constantly facing bullying and harassment in their life.They wake in the morning knowing that before the day ends they will be called hurtful names, being laugh at, or even being hit and kicked around, because some people have decided that they deserve to be punished for being themselves.Attacks on LGBT takes on many forms, including verbal, physical, and indirect.Verbal harassments Being called names and hurtful comments like “Bisexual people are just greedy and want to have sex with everyone”, “What is your REAL name? I mean the one you were given at birth”,these verbal harassments often escalates to physical attacks.Physical harassment includes hitting, kicking, stealing, breaking or damaging other people’s belongings there were even cases whereby strangers would break into LGBT house just to beat them up. According to a research, 44% of the LGBT community have experienced physical harassment.Indirect and emotional forms of bullying Which involve being left out of activitiesBeing excluded from groups or conversationsBeing the subject of gossip or rumorsAlways being uncomfortable, scared or pressured to do the activities they want to do.       5. Housing discrimination LGBTs were treated negatively when attempting to buy or rent property.They were also shown less desirable propertiesThe properties were sold at a higher rent pricesReceived poor customer service, or faced the refusal to sell or rent properties.Gay individuals also reported getting verbal harassment from landlords and lenders.They have a harder time looking for a new house as compared to hetrosexual individuals6. Use of religion against LGBTsReligions are meant to support spiritual development and re-connection with divinity, for humans to work better together to create a better and more harmonious world. However, certain religions makes being an LGBT a sin/a form of misconduct in their divine teaching. Certain religious beliefs causes the people in that religion to set a prejudice towards LGBTs.LGBTs can be barred and thrown out from certain religions. They are not welcomed/accepted and are not allowed to believe in those religions. Purpose of religions no longer stand then. 7. Societies with law against the LGBTsIn Singapore’s housing policy, no subsidies were given to the LGBTs community.In section 377A of the penal code, there is a law that criminalises sex between men, this shows that the Singapore’s government ostracised these people and even had this law against them.With that law, the discrimination of LGBTs in Singapore would not end. 8. Media portrayal to the publicMedia portrays a negative perception of LGBTs to the public which influenced the public to have a bad perception on LGBTs. Media don’t often portray gay people as main characters as well. Despite receiving unfair treatments from the society, there are events that are specially organized to support the LGBT community.Pink Dot SingaporeIt is a yearly, non-profit, free-for-all event which started in 2009The attendees of Pink Dot events have gathered to show support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love.After the success of Pink Dot SG 2011, many organisations and individuals around the world were inspired to organise more pink dot events More people are aware of the LGBT community and started to accept them for who they are.Pride Parades Most pride parades events happens annually and are hosted in many regions of the worldThe events organized are used to celebrate LGBT’s culture and pride.The events also serves as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.So far 40 countries have participated in pride paradeSolutions we have came out withBe there for them, providing them listening ears when necessary.When they face discrimination, we could be there for them by trying to cheer them up or be there to talk and listen to them. Listen to them instead of talking about how you feel about this situationParticipate in more LGBT activitiesCreate more awareness and gain more support from the publicCreate      3. Reprimanding homophobic or transphobic people in your lifeWhen someone has shown discrimination against LGBT person, you should not tolerate it and let their actions slide.After you have pointed out that hate is abnormal and unacceptable. You may change minds      4. Be more sensitive in the words you use.To prevent hurting anyone including both the hetrosexual individuals or LGBTs      5. Hiring professionals to educate the societySchools can hire professionals to educate the students or teachersHolding more talks in community centres to educate familiesMany people may not understand what LGBT stands for or the struggles that LGBT people face in the professional world and their personal lives.By educating them, they can understand the LGBT community a little better and are more likely to accept them for who they are.The LGBT community will feel safer and are more likely to open up to their problems.      6.  Petition for companies/state to enforce laws or policies to protect LGBTsPeople can try to convince the government/state to create laws to protect the LGBTs from discrimination in the workplace and schools.If the workplace doesn’t have policies in place for non-discriminatory behavior, it is strongly encouraged for the workers to bring up this issue.ConclusionThe society’s perception towards LGBTs have significantly improved over the past few years. People are now more understanding towards LGBTs and more inclusive. However, discrimination against LGBTs still exists due to people’s perception of it being unethical. The different forms of discrimination that the LGBTs faces still exists, LGBTs might get impacted mentally and physically. Facing with psychological harm, their mental health gets affected which may lead to them wanting to commit suicide. Therefore, we believe that the measures that we previously mentioned should be implemented to improve and strengthen the situation of LGB