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People of color are not treated equally in society. Similarly, people of color within the LGBTQ+ Community face massive inequality, however their position is exacerbated by their sexual orientations and/or gender identities in a way it is not for their heterosexual counterparts. Granted, we all have our own adversities and afflictions, but in the LGBTQ+ Community, people of color are treated differently from white homosexuals. Racial biases pervade queer culture and taint the sanctity of the equality which the LGBTQ+ Community is supposed to uphold. They are treated with unfairness even with their activism on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. In recent polls by “Funders for LGBTQ Issues” only thirty-nine percent of the Community is made up by those which identify as people of color. Moreover, in other polls conducted by “Funders for LGBTQ Issues” they found that a  majority of queer people of color face difficulty in finding employment. People of color need more representation and influential figures within the LGBTQ+ Community. Given our current state of affairs, the community must come together in unity and be tenacious in its struggle for equality on behalf of all those who challenge heteronormativity; In order to do so, the community must take strides in addressing the racial prejudices of its members and work to become more inclusive.For instance, people from the Philadelphia Pride added the color black and brown to the Pride Flag. There was much controversy surrounding this idea. The flag was met with mixed feeling, some were all for it but others, even people of color, were opposed to it. In the article, “Redesigned Pride Flag Recognizes LGBT People of Color” by Nancy Coleman from CNN, the townspeople of Philadelphia raised up a new pride flag at the beginning of pride month. The addition of the colors black and brown to the LGBTQ+ pride flag was part of a new campaign called “More Color More Pride.” This campaign is intended to raise awareness to the nonwhite LGBTQ+ communities. The campaign was created by Tierny and executive director, Amber Hikes. Philadelphia was the first to recognize the discrimination faced by their nonwhite LGBTQ+ community members, resulting in the new flag showing their support. “White people do not know what racism looks like, because that’s the definition of racism… There is a presumption among gay white men that the rainbow flag already represents everyone.” Hikes said. This opinion rings true to many people of color. To white LGBTQ+ people they haven’t experienced being of color, but they do know the feeling of being targeted for their sexuality. They think because they understand discrimination that they understand the plight of people of color, the truth is they don’t. The LGBTQ+ Community is suppose to be inclusive and open to new ideas, but there will always be that one problem within a society. A person of color in the community that made a difference for the LGBTQ+ was Marsha P Johnson. She was an African American transgender, male to female, advocate for the LGBTQ+. People who knew her loved her because she was so extravagant and happy all the time, but she was not appreciated during her time. The white gay community did not accept her for being black and transgender. The white homosexuals thought that transgenders gave them a bad name and wanted nothing to do with them. Through all the hate she had received, she still strived for equal rights for everyone. She participated in the Stonewall Riot, which was a huge turning point for the LGBTQ+. At this riot, the police raided a gay bar on June 28, 1969 and they tried arresting everyone, but they fought back. Marsha P Johnson threw the first shot glass which started everything. This was known as “The Shotglass Heard Around The World”. The riot lasted until July 1, 1969. After the Stonewall Riots, the LGBTQ+ started creating Gay Rights Organizations throughout the country. Even after the Stonewall Riots, Marsha P Johnson created an organization for homeless transgenders called S.T.A.R.(Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), which took in homeless trans sex workers and gave them a roof to live under. I personally believe without Marsha P Johnson, the LGBTQ+ community would not have the same rights as it does now and the community would have an even harder time gaining their rights. But, even today she isn’t well recognized for what she has done for the LGBTQ+ community. They recently made a movie about the Stonewall Riot and she was not mentioned once in the movie. She was the one who instigated the Stonewall Riots, but she was replaced with a white cis male. She was never mentioned or shown in the movie, even though the Stonewall Riots was of her doing. She is a very big influence to the people of color in the LGBTQ+, but with that there was much hatred and stress for her. Marsha P Johnson was murdered, but the New York Police Department declared it as a suicide. To this very day she was never given her justice, her murderer was never found and her case was never touched.  In the article “Measuring Multiple Minority Stress: The LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale” they talk about how POC in the community have a higher rate of mental health than the white LGBTQ+ community. Existing research on the LGBTQ+ POC show that each individual can experience different types of stressors that have to deal with their dual minority status. LGBTQ+ people of color may face racism in relationships and both racism and homophobia on social networks. In relationships racial/ethnic behavior in sexual behavior can lead to both rejection and sexual objectification. The people of color in the LGBTQ+ communities can also face heterosexism. “Stigmatization may influence identity development for multiple minority individuals, especially if they experience discrimination within their own social networks. For example heterosexism within racial/ethnic minority communities may account for some of the differences in timing and process of coming out between White LGBT and POC LBGT.” This explains how certain standards in the way they were raised can affect their way of life. Like how they were raised and how they were treated as a kid, children who were shown with more affection and open-mindedness would be open with their sexual orientation and children who were afraid of their parents and relatives judgments would be afraid to come out and show any signs of being gay. In most cultures it is shameful to be gay, so being of color in these cultures would be hard to come out.Also in an article called “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety”, Eric Darnell Pritchard, explains how Colored kids in the LGBTQ+ get bullied more and that tends to lead to suicide. They are facing a tri-cultural experience, which is homophobia or transphobia that white LGBTQ+ people face, the racism that heterosexual people of color face, and the exclusion from both the LGBTQ+ and ethnic minority communities with whom they would normally identify. People of color are underlooked in the LGBTQ+ Community. We fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ+ Community, but aren’t fully given our equal rights when it comes to the color of our skin. It’s pretty hypocritical how the white LGBTQ+ want their rights but see colored people as less. Not all white homosexuals and heterosexuals are bad. There is a big majority of white heterosexuals and homosexuals out there who wants to help everyone, but there is still that group of people who believe that it’s not an issue, that doesn’t see racism as a big issue in both heterosexual and homosexual worlds. People of color in the LGBTQ+ aren’t seen the same as white LGBTQ+ people. They will never be seen as the same unless we do something to help change the world.People of color in the LGBTQ+ have been undermined for a very long time. It wasn’t until recently, more and more people of color have came out and wanted to make a difference. I personally want to make a difference in the LGBTQ+ community, that is why I chose my major in Multicultural and Gender Studies. I want to learn about many cultures and how they interact with one another and see how genders can affect someone’s life. I want to help educate the youth on what they can do to make a difference in their own lives or in their friend’s lives. There has been multiple events in recent years that I’ve wanted to help and participate, but not being educated and not being of age held me back. Now that I’ve learned more because of my major I feel like I could help out. One person can’t change the world but if i could help educate the youth it could help change the future. There are many issues within the LGBTQ+ community that need to be changed, but representing people of color should help unite us more and change the views of others.