Much has been written about social stigma and how it effects members of the group being stigmatized. Having to hide one’s identity for fear of being verbally harassed or physically harmed has negative consequences on any person and similarly, on a group of people who identify with that same identity. We’ve seen it throughout history, with the same devastating effects.
According to Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal:
“Communicating that sexual orientation or gender identity should be less visible, through laws or peer harassment, invites further discrimination. That’s simply not something I see as legitimately countenanced by notions of cultural respect. Those treated as lesser humans get lesser rights, in the courts and in the streets. It’s not just a matter of words on paper, or the rarified air of sophisticated judicial proceedings.”
Read her entire post, “The Affirmative Power of Visibility” [Huffington Post]
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