Translawhelp.org is a web page with lots of useful and insightful information concerning the welfare of LGBTQ+ members. This an incredibly important topic to learn more about to ensure that we are protecting their rights and not discriminating against them. 

Here at Fair Punishment, we are looking to expand our online legal database to cover all topics that our readers might want to learn more about. For this reason, we are excited to say that we have acquired Translawhelp.com. 

We have collaborated with them to expand our research and fit more topics under one roof. The more collaborations we do with other websites, the quicker we can be a one stop shop to all of your legal requirements. 

Gay rights

The gay panic defense is an outdated ploy that has been used in courtrooms for far too long. The premise is that the defendant will try and excuse their violent actions due to the victim’s sexual preference.

There are three main pillars of the gay panic defense – defense of insanity, defense of self-defense, and defense of provocation. Each of these bear no weight and should not be considered a viable excuse for showing violence to another human. 

The gay panic defense is often used as a supplementary defense alongside other evidence to try and support the case. However, any jury should see right through this defense. 

Should the gay panic defense work in excusing a defendant’s violent behavior, it is alluding to the fact that people of the LGBTQ+ community are less valued than cis-gendered people, which should not be the case. 

Due to the absurdity of this defense that is still being used in courtrooms to this day, we need to do all that we can to ban it as soon as possible. 

There are a number of states that are already in committee to ban the gay panic defends. These are: Washington DC, New Mexico, Texas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. 

This is a great start to banning the gay panic defenders once and for all, but we need to make more of a conscious effort to get all states participating. 

There are a few ways that we can do this. Perhaps the easiest is to contact your legislators and government officials to show that you are in solidarity with the ban. 

Talk to officials in states that are in committee of banning the defence as well as states that aren’t. 

Support and advocate for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as organisations that are supporting the gay panic defence ban. 

Transgender rights

Another important topic under law concerning transgedner people is the right to use the bathroom. Too many people feel uncomfortable using the bathroom designated for their gender identity due to harassment. 

However, they might also not feel confident using the bathroom opposite to their gender identity either. It’s a lose-lose situation. 

Many transgender people wonder if it is illegal for them to use the bathroom that they feel comfortable in. This might be due to so many strange stares and strangers asking obnoxious questions. 

This has become such a problem that it is affecting some transgender people’s health, as they don’t use the bathroom until they get home. This can lead to a number of issues which could have easily been avoided. 

Knowing your rights is incredibly important, and it is completely legal for people to use the bathroom that makes them feel comfortable. What’s more is that no one can ban you from using this bathroom, particularly not employers. 

Many people think that gendered bathrooms are a leading cause of this discrimination against transgender people and are calling for more unisex bathrooms to be created. 

If you are currently transitioning, are about to, or have completed the process, then you might be thinking ahead to the future. There is not much better feeling than transitioning into your gender identity and finally being able to feel completely like yourself. 

What’s even better is seeing your true gender on your government official documents. So, you might be thinking of how you are  going to get your sex designation on your birth certificate changed. 

Unfortunately in the US this isn’t always an easy feat. Every state has different guidelines and policies on the matter, and a few states don’t even allow you to change your gender on the certificate. 

Most states will allow you to change your gender marker on your birth certificate, though – provided that you offer up some extensive proof of gender identity treatment. Washington is the only state that doesn’t require you to show any evidence. 

If you are living in one of the states that doesn’t currently allow you to change the gender marker on the certificate, you might be able to change it in another state. Wisconsin will change a birth certificate of another state provided that you can show proof of a court order. 

Polyamorous rights

Members of polyamorous relationships need to know their rights of the uttmost importance, particuarly when children are involved. Polyamorous relationships typically have one biological mom and dad, as well as other members who might be referred to as either parents or aunts or uncles. 

If the relationship were to run into troubles, the non-biological members wouldn’t have the same rights as the biological parents would. For this reason, it’s very important that you protect your rights. 

You can do this in a number of ways, such as looking into third parent adoption, signing a co-parenting agreement, or purchasing family insurance. 

Summary

To learn more about legal terms and issues, you can find everything that you want to know at Fair Punishment. We are trying to acquire as much information as possible to build our database sooner, so come and learn something new! 

If you’re still interested in learning more about LBGTQ+ member’s rights, we also have more information on them, how you can help prevent discrimination, and why advocating for human rights is so important.