Stonewall Riots: Non-Discrimination In The Workplace

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In our day and age, a person’s workplace is generally thought of as being a safe, non-discriminatory environment. No matter your race, religion, body type, gender, marital status, or what have you, in this country, you are legally protected from intolerance and bigotry. Very recently, due to the passing of the Employment Non Discrimination Act – or better known as ENDA, sexual orientation was added to that list of characteristics that are safe from workplace prejudice and while this affects many people in a positive way, there is still one group that is completely left in the dust: a group that has perhaps faced more intolerance within the workplace than any other – Transgendered people. There are many different viewpoints and opinions that…show more content…
Throughout society’s existence, members of the LGBT community have battled oppression, faced intolerance, and dealt with immense prejudice, yet were forced to remain silent. However, a new era was marked by a chain of uprisings commonly known as the ‘Stonewall Riots’. These were a series of violent confrontations between police and gay rights activists in New York City. In response to the second raid in a week by police on the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village that had been selling liquor without a license, about 1,000 transvestites, gays, and lesbians fought back against police by shouting, throwing debris, and refusing to exit the premises. The police officers responded mercilessly with violence, and many of the rioters were brutally beaten and injured. Similar riots occurred on succeeding nights and were followed by protest rallies (Wiki 2). The event marked the awakening of gay rights organizations throughout the U.S. and the Stonewall Riots became the beginning of an age in which members of the LGBT community would speak up and fight for their rights, which of course lead to the budding of ideas like the ENDA…show more content…
His article discusses conflicting laws regarding religious freedom and GLBT rights in the workplace. The U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2007 is intended to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The U.S. Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA) of 2007 would require employers to make greater accommodations for religious views of workers. The article discusses how the WRFA would affect employees with religious objections to GLBT people in the workplace. I chose this article because I believe it really captures both sides of the whole ENDA issue, in an unbiased and informative

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