A record number of LGBTQ+ lawmakers made their way to Congress after the 2020 US election. The groundbreaking news isn’t only good news for America. It’s a step forward for the global LGBT community. In New York, Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones became the first gay black candidates elected to congress. People like Torres and Jones become role models for the community and give them hope. Discrimination against people for their sexual orientation is a widespread issue, and these individuals shouldn’t lose hope. Trans women like Simona Castricum, who face severe prejudice, can look upon people like Torres and Jones for inspiration.
Education and creating awareness can go a long way in reducing incidents similar to what Simona Castricum went through. According to GLAAD, increased knowledge about the LGBT community can reduce the community’s discomfort and lower discrimination. To put lack of education into perspective, California is the only state in the US to mandate LGBT figures and history into the school curriculum. Education can also help stubborn lawmakers establish laws that protect the community. Educating yourself can also help you become a better professional. The world is evolving more diverse, and employers now look for someone who can interact with people from different backgrounds. Education and awareness is a vital tool in the fight against this prejudice. After the awful incident, Simona also similarly advocated for herself.
Following Simona Castricum’s mistreatment at the nightclub, people were calling for the bar to be canceled. Castricum, on the other hand, suggested another course of action. She called for education and awareness instead of simply canceling the bar. Canceling cancel culture is a conversation that has begun as of late. The culture is becoming toxic and doesn’t allow for growth, education, and awareness. A high-functioning democracy consists of people hashing out their political disagreements. Although deciding to cancel or not cancel depends on the issue at hand. With that being said, more thought can go into whether or not the cancellation is the right course of action. In the case of the security guard that refused to let Castricum use the women’s bathroom, the victim herself felt the need to educate the man. The guard also apologized when he learned better.
Simona got overwhelming support from social media users when the story went viral. The DJ received comments from people saying that she shouldn’t have to be so humiliated for using the bathroom. The netizens had her back and were shocked that an incident like this occurred at an LGBT-friendly location. Trans people often find it challenging to find a safe space as it is. When you find a place where you can be yourself, it can be traumatic when discrimination reaches you. The people commenting in support of the musician understood how difficult it must’ve been for her. They called for the bar to educate its employees, especially since it prides itself on being a very inclusive establishment.