History, Cultural Identity and Background of LGBT

            LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. LGBT equality with African Americans is one of the areas under looked for an extended period now. The LGBT is a marginalized group that has faced discrimination and criticism among people in the U.S. The type of discrimination the LGBT is cumbered with has to do with discrimination from outside forces and house discrimination. Such discrimination among LGBT people sometimes leads to crimes such as bullying. This paper will expound on the LGBT group as a marginalized group in the United States.

            The LGBT has been affected by events such as immigration to the U.S and the historic Supreme Court cases. Until 2013 when the Supreme court found Section 3 of the Defensive Marriage Act unconstitutional, LGBT couples had been prohibited from enjoying the same immigration benefits as other couples (Gruberg et al., 2018). The Immigration and Nationally Act of 1995 had denied LGBT entry into the U.S until congress passed the Immigration Act of 1990 (Gruberg et al., 2018). The United States has for a long time made it difficult for LGBT immigrants to thrive in America. However, the LGBT people who are aware of their rights in the United States laws have a higher chance of protecting themselves from discrimination (Gruberg et al., 2018). Immigration to the U.S makes the LGBT have little or no access to existing services which leads to issues related to community outreach and trauma (Gruberg et al., 2018). However, some organizations have attempted to deal with the issue of LGBT immigrants lacking access to U.S services to no avail as they lack funds to increase staff.


Cultural Identity and Background of the LGBT

The U.S approves of the marriage of lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. However, acceptance of LGBT culture still varies from the unique background, geographical location, and individual culture. The Human Rights Campaign conducted a research and found that about one out of ten individuals in the United States belong to the LGBT community (CULTURE & U.S., 2021). The United States has approximately 8.8 million individuals from the LGBT group living in the United States (CULTURE & U.S., 2021). Among the 8.8 million individuals, the 2000 U.S. Census reports that there are at least 601,209 households with individuals from the LGBT group (CULTURE & U.S., 2021). The estimations show the background of the LGBT and its continuous accepted culture in the United States.

            The United States has conducted demographic research and found that approximately 3.5% of United States adults are lesbian, gay, or bisexual while 0.3% are transgender. The percentage implies a rough estimation of 9 million individuals who belong in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in America (thisisloyal.com, 2021). Among the percentage of individuals belonging to the LGBT group, bisexuals occupy a higher percentage compared to lesbians and gay (thisisloyal.com, 2021). The research has found that approximately more women than men are bisexuals (thisisloyal.com, 2021). Understanding the LGBT community needs one to clearly define the demographic population of the LGBT in the United States.

            Marginalization among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender occurs due to sexual orientation. LGBT individuals are substantially discriminated against by people who do not understand the LGBT community. It is essential to understand and respect other people’s culture despite it being contrary to your culture. The U.S organizations have improved on the acceptance of the LGBT community.