As reported by Ema O’Connor of BuzzFeed News, some LGBT students at the University of Houston feel unsafe now that concealed carry of handguns by their licensed fellow citizens is legal. One student who wished to remain anonymous said, “Anyone you get into a philosophical argument with in class might have his hand on his gun while you’re talking. I already feel it affecting my education.”
The concerns of LGBT people aren’t paranoia. They are all too often the target of violent bigoted attacks here in America and around the world. The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was an extreme example of something that often goes on outside of general awareness. Both perception and reality make it rational for people whose orientation or gender identity doesn’t fit with the majority’s pattern to believe themselves to face a unique danger.
The question, then, is what do we do