Within the Wake of Roe Overturning, a Look to the Way forward for LGBTQ Rights | Latino Voices | Chicago Information


The Supreme Court docket choice overturning Roe v. Wade raises the query of whether or not the constitutionality of homosexual marriage may quickly be on the desk.

Activists are mobilizing as about 12 states proposed laws affecting LGBTQ Individuals earlier this 12 months. A so-called “don’t say homosexual” invoice stopping academics from discussing sexual orientation or gender id was signed into legislation in Florida, a transfer that has develop into a potential template for different states to comply with. 

Gage Park Latinx Council (GPLXC) govt director Antonio Santos stated the Roe v. Wade overturning has important implications for what could come subsequent for LGBTQ rights. 

“I believe that what the Supreme Court docket did at present was a fully egregious violation [of] physique autonomy, which can also be an LGBTQIA+ concern as we discuss trans of us and the way their our bodies are legislated in opposition to,” Santos stated. “We additionally know that taking away 50 years of priority opens the door to homosexual marriage being subsequent on the chopping block. Homosexual marriage has been round for lower than a decade as legislation of the land. And I may see that Republicans wish to depart it as much as states to make these selections. And we all know that when states are left to make these selections, queer individuals and ladies undergo.”

The handed and proposed laws in some states has created a way of backlash in opposition to the progress made for LGBTQ civil rights in current many years, Santos stated. 

“There have all the time been of us pushing to remove our rights. The concept that youngsters are usually not allowed to find out about queer historical past is problematic. It’s the identical factor with vital race concept and the concept that we should always not speak about race in colleges. Conserving marginalized individuals’s histories erased, makes it simpler to suggest crimes in opposition to them and take away their rights,” he stated. “I believe that folk really feel that issues have improved for the LGBTQIA+ group as a result of we now have hyper visibility proper now via nonmainstream platforms. Queerness has come to the mainstream and that’s seen as threatening. Individuals preferred it higher once they didn’t see plus individuals in motion pictures or books or lecture rooms. The truth that they’re being embraced as people and as Individuals and as a part of this nation is threatening for individuals who want that we merely didn’t exist.” 

Santos stated now it’s as much as organizations like GPLXC – which just lately started paid internships for LGBTQ youth to be taught the historical past of that group’s struggle for civil rights – to supply welcoming locations for LGBTQIA+ to proceed the struggle. 

“I believe that the menace on LGBTQIA+ youth is the most important concern as a result of that’s the subsequent technology. We all know that the subsequent technology is much extra open minded about LGBTQIA+ matters and that they’re extra expressive of their gender and id and sexuality. And that’s the menace,” Santos stated. “And in order queer elders, it’s our house to create protected areas for younger individuals to create group and categorical themselves.”


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