Amazon has made the big decision to pull all books that treat LGBTQ+ identities as mental illnesses from its online shelves...
And unbelievably so, it's caused quite a divide in opinion.
Which is outrageous considering what turmoil the LGBTQ+ community has endured over the last few decades.
It all started in 1969 when Gay Pride was born in New York...
And amazingly so, the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.
We've come such a long way.
Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
In Congress, we even have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...
And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.
Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked: "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law; the Constitution grants them that right."
Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...So much so that it is bigger than ever before.
And, according to a recent poll...
A record number of Americans identify as LGBTQ+.
As stated earlier, a new Gallup report has produced some interesting findings on how the youth of America identify...
54.6 percent identified as bisexual, 24.5 percent as gay, 11.7 percent as lesbians, 11.3 percent as transgender, and 3.3 percent said they used another term to describe their identity.
Pretty remarkable, right?
Well, alongside the happiness and positivity comes, of course, the negativity and the hate.
It's terribly sad that there are still so many people out there who hold ignorant and old-fashioned ideologies towards the LGBTQ+ community...
And many of these individuals refuse to accept people for who they truly are.
Well, it seems as if Amazon is here to try and put an end to this hateful ideology...
They've made the bold decision to pull all books that treats LGBTQ+ as mental illnesses.
Yep, any book that suggests at all that a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ has a mental illness is now gone for good...
And many are rejoicing over the news.
But not everyone agreed with the decision.
The e-commerce giant has reportedly informed a number of Republican senators that it will no longer sell any books that treat transgender or other sexual identities as mental illnesses.
Last month, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Josh Hawley of Missouri, wrote to Jeff Bezos demanding an explanation of why When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment was no longer for sale on Amazon.
In a response seen by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon exec Brian Huseman wrote:
"We have chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness. The senators haven't commented on the response, but whined in their initial letter that the book's removal was a message to conservative Americans that their views are not welcome on its platforms."
Nicely said, Huseman, nicely said!
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