The second story within The Complete Lockpick Pornography, We All Got it Coming follows Arthur. A young man in love with another man, yet never meet within the working environments. But, a more central theme is the violence Arthur suffers within the workplace, the subsequent choice of reporting the incident, his emotions for his choice, and the turmoil of finding another job.
Arthur tells the perpetrator of this violence, his supervisor, that he will not report him. His thought process begins as a way to extend an olive branch between the sexual orientations. But, in a chance meeting it becomes evident that his boss’ homophobic ways were not thwarted by his compassion. Reporting him would have meant taking away the only thing of value his boss had, yet this act of unselfishness was insufficient to have his boss acknowledge his existence outside of the workplace.
Arthur was shoved by his boss after telling him he was gay. He had made several sexual harassment jokes that resulted in his boss telling Arthur that others may think the two of them were a couple. Though Arthur’s actions were wrong, sexual harassment is wrong; gender should not factor, the violence with which Arthur was subjected to was a direct result of homophobia.
Violence is not the only measure in which LBGTQ people suffer workplace discrimination.
This video lists but a few of the types of discrimination LBGTQ people endure while contributing to the fabric of society. Influential people in Washington and lobbyists around the country had worked tirelessly to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). However, with the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision recently made available to the public it seems the LBGTQ political community has abandoned ENDA. If a company is a religious person capable of denying women birth control it is therefore reasonable to assume should ENDA be passed and challenged to the Supreme Court, the ruling would be similar to Burwell.
As in Flagrant Conduct the policies and the repercussions of bringing a case up must be thought out with the best strategical minds. Though the need for ENDA is obvious, the likely decision of ENDA’s unconstitutionality could cause a relapse in gains made state-by-state. Though the strategy is obvious, it leaves me with the question. . . What is wrong with our country where we allow hard working, fair, honest individuals little protections to accommodate the religious beliefs of a few?