American Voices for Freedom

Discrimination is wrong—period. That’s why across the country, Americans are speaking out in support of protecting hardworking gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Business leaders, people of faith and a bipartisan coalition of supporters are joining with LGBT people and their families in agreeing that it’s time for non-discrimination protections nationwide. Read their stories below.

Republican and Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Calls on Conservatives to Support LGBTQ Protections

Florence, KY

Transgender Ohioan: “I Decided to Live My Truth. Because of That, I Lost My Job.”

Emerson Thoenen • Akron, OH

Discrimination from Tax Preparers Demonstrates How Discrimination Against LGBTQ People Hurts All Americas

Bailey & Samantha Brazzel • Kokomo, IN

As Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Retires from Congress, We Reflect on Her Legacy of LGBTQ Inclusion within the Republican Party

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen • Miami, FL

Nonbinary Education Activist: “We Have to Embrace Everyone’s Authenticity”

Jamey Jesperson • New York, NY

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment Icon Lynda Carter Wonders Why Equality Isn’t Yet Law of the Land

Lynda Carter • Washington, DC

Q&A: A Transgender Woman and Her Non-Transgender Colleague Discuss Big New Hampshire Victory

Emmett Soldati & Palana Belken • Somersworth, NH

A Transgender Woman and Her Employer Reflect on the Impact of Employment Protections for Labor Day

South Tamworth, NH
A Story Collection

During Back-to-School Season, Parents, Families and Individuals Send Support to Transgender Students

10 Stories from 10 States

Jewish Community Organizer Says Religious Support is Key to All Nondiscrimination Movements

Bennet Wilcox • Baltimore, MD

Openly Gay NCAA Wrestler Justice Horn: “Athletes Can Help Change Hearts and Minds”

Justice Horn • Aberdeen, SD

Social Worker in Massachusetts: “The World is Wide Open for My Transgender Child”

Hinda Swartz • Holden, MA

Transgender Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Reflects on Moving From Service to Activism

Taryn Wilson • Panama City, FL
A Story Collection

New Hampshire Residents Celebrate Huge Victory for Transgender Protections

Stories from the People Who Made It Happen in New Hamsphire

An Advocate for LGBTQ Older Adults Draws on His Faith

Randy Block • Royal Oak, MI