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Society has largely gained a better understanding of LGBTQ issues — including the fact that membership in that class is not a “lifestyle” or a “choice.” Gender-identity is not purely binary nor fixed by outward sexual characteristics and — just like sexual orientation — is something inborn.

Unfortunately, there's been a proliferation of anti-gay and anti-transgender legislation in various states that are making life increasingly difficult for LGBTQ people. That may, however, soon change.

What's the Equality Act?

The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to make LGBTQ people a specifically protected class. That would forbid, on a federal level, discrimination against members of the LGBTQ people when it comes to things like housing, employment, adoption rights and public accommodations.

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When people talk about the effects of divorce on children, the focus is almost always on the negative. Children might lash out, develop anxiety, become alienated from their parents or start struggling at school.

However, those short-term hiccups in happiness and behavior don't need to dominate the conversation about the effect of divorce on children and teenagers. When unhappy parents stay together, the entire family suffers along with them. There are a number of ways that your children could benefit from you and your ex deciding to get divorced and work together as co-parents.

The children don't have to deal with a home environment

The fighting and negativity between parents is usually the primary cause of stress and emotional suffering. Many children already experience that kind of stress while their parents are still married because they fight so much. Having two calmer, happier parents living separately could lead to a lower overall amount of stress for your children.

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In many ways, such as the widespread legalization of same-sex marriage, it is clear that the United States is growing more accommodating to the LGBTQ community.

However, it's also obvious that not everyone in the country is on board with these changes, and LGBTQ discrimination is still common. In fact, some reports have claimed that it impacts right around 25% of the population group, or one out of every four. This discrimination can be in medical care, employment, education and many other areas.

Two key statistics to consider about LGBTQ discrimination

To see just how common the problem of LGBTQ discrimination really is, let's take a quick look at two key statistics regarding such discrimination in the workplace:

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One of the primary obligations that Illinois family law judges have in custody cases is to make decisions that they believe are in a child's best interests.

While you probably understand how many issues like abuse, addiction or neglect could affect a custody decision, you may not realize how something as mundane as a parent's living arrangements can influence a judge's ruling.

How living arrangements impact custodial ones

The court will carefully weigh your child's gender and age when deciding what type of living arrangements are ideal for them. A judge will likely always expect your child to have a private place to dress or care for their personal hygiene.

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