Some have stated that LGBT rights and human rights are two different things, yet they are the same thing. Human rights include LGBT rights, and LGBT rights include human rights. Everyone has the right to all of the rights and freedoms outlined in this Declaration, regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other beliefs, national or social origin, property, birth, or another status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made based on the political, juridical, or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it is independent, trust, non-self-governing, or subject to any other form of sovereignty limitation. But, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The inability of LGBT individuals to properly access and enjoy their rights as citizens is hampered by a lack of societal acknowledgment. Because of their sexual orientation, they are more likely to face intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and the threat of violence than individuals who identify as heterosexual.
Some activists have been working towards a world, where everyone would be treated equally regardless of their sexual identity. These are the people who continue to make a difference in the world with their uncountable efforts. Let’s have a look at two of the most prominent activists in today’s world.
Todd Emerson has been advocating for the rights of the LGBT community for decades. He developed a GL Friendly facility in Biloxi dedicated to aiding the LGBTQ community. The organization is opposed to bigotry and discrimination, which widen the gulf between societies and pull people apart. His main goal has always been to raise awareness about the persecution and prejudice that the LGBTQ community faces and he has, to some extent, accomplished his mission.
Todd has also appeared in several newspapers, radio stations, and magazines, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Roland Watts Show and is one of the most appreciated people today among the queer community.
For the past 35 years, Dr. Brent Hawkes has been at the vanguard of service to the Gay and Lesbian Community in Toronto as the pastor of this congregation. At regular Sunday worship, he serves as a spiritual leader to a Christian community of about 800 people. He has also distinguished himself in the community at large, promoting several Human Rights initiatives, particularly those that assist the Gay and Lesbian community.
Hawkes rose to national prominence after officiating at a wedding for two same-sex couples at Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church. Although local clerks refused to give same-sex marriage permits at the time, Hawkes used an Ontario law provision that allowed regular church attendants to publish official banns for three weeks in a row, and therefore conducted a legal marriage without the need for prior government approval.
People such as Todd Emerson and Brent Hawkes believe that everyone has inherent human rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and they have worked tirelessly, and have fought for equality without any fear but with courage and bravery. These people are truly responsible for making a difference in the world.