Discrimination cuts to the core of what it is to be human. Someone's rights are being violated because of who they are or what they believe. Discrimination is destructive and contributes to the perpetuation of inequality. Regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, caste, religion, belief, sex, gender, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health, or any other status, everyone has the right to be treated equally. Nonetheless, terrible accounts of people who have been oppressed are frequently heard, just because they belong to a "different" group than those in positions of privilege or power. Some various communities and groups face an enormous amount of discrimination and prejudice in which the LGBTQ+ community is on the top. They continue to endure pervasive stigma, exclusion, and discrimination throughout the world, particularly in school, employment, and health care, as well as in their homes and communities. In this challenging situation, some activists are helping people in achieving freedom and equal rights, such as Todd Emerson, who’s a bold activist and an openly gay man.
Todd Emerson - LGBT Rights Activist
Todd Randall Emerson is a 57-year-old proud gay American born of Irish descent born in 1964, a time when being gay wasn’t really appreciated.
He is a retired veteran from Mississippi who’s been married to Daniel Gene Hill since 2015. He has worked as an LGBT rights activist for many years and is a member of various groups, and he is the founder of GL Friendly and South Mississippi Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He also volunteered with South Mississippi Aid Task Force,
Work Towards Ending Discrimination
Todd Emerson is one of the most eminent LGBT rights activists. He was the first-ever person to organize a march called the 'Ocean Spring's Pride Protest March’ in 1993 in Mississippi, which was arranged to support the LGBT community. Through this march, Todd has definitely succeeded in shifting the narrative.
He also organized the first LGTBQ+ Pride Parade and Festival in 1994 in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was also the first held in the state.
He and his partner at the time, Luis Cintron, went before the Jackson County Court House in May of 1994 demanding a marriage license but was turned down.
His main goal is to promote equality and to end the increasing discrimination people are facing because of their sexual orientation. Throughout the years, he has received death threats, but Todd’s passion has never let him back off. He has continued fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, challenged oppression, and has never hesitated in expressing his views.
Assisting LGBT Community
In Biloxi, there is a GL Friendly facility dedicated to assisting the LGBTQ population, founded by Todd Emerson. The organization stands against the intolerance and discrimination that expand the chasm between societies and how all of this tears people apart.
Many people and leaders around the world stand against the LBGTQ+ community and blame these people for any ill in society. But failure to respect LGBTQ+ people's human rights and protect them from abuses like violence and discriminatory laws and practices are significant violations of international human rights law that have far-reaching consequences for society. Todd has done some fantastic work and has tried his best to end this inhumanity.