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.

Ohio Writer and Activist Uses Discrimination Experience in Their Fight For Other LGBTQ People

Théodore Pavlich • Cleveland, OH

Minneapolis Councilmember Reflects on History-Making Election for Transgender People and the Work Ahead

Phillipe Cunningham • Minneapolis, MN

Transgender Activist in Michigan Works Toward Inclusion and Education For All

Brenden Watts • Flint, MI

Same-Sex Couple Tries to Rebuild Life in Tennessee After Facing Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination

A.J. Celento & Josh Corey • Nashville, TN

Atlanta Area Transgender Advocate: “We All Have to Show Up”

Tracee McDaniel • Atlanta, GA

High School Advisor: “I’ve Been Enriched in Ways I Never Imagined”

Moira McKinnon • New Hampshire

Coast Guard Veteran: Being Yourself Isn’t a Crime

John Fiorentine • Washington, DC

Austin’s First Transgender Police Officer Shares How His Wife’s Support During His Transition Was Invaluable

Greg & Joan Abbink • Austin, TX
A Story Collection

On Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate All Couples Equally – Including LGBTQ Couples

Personal Stories of Love and Commitment

Finding Strength in their Faith, a North Carolina Couple Navigates One Partner’s Transition

Sean & Sarah Caroll • Durham, NC

“We Still Get Butterflies,” Says Married Couple in Florida

SueZie & Cheryl Hawkes • Valrico, FL

Mother to New Hampshire Lawmakers: Protect Transgender Teens with Legislation

Linda Fishbaugh • North Hampton, NH

Same-Sex Couple Ejected from Cab Calls for Non-Discrimination Protections in Texas and Beyond

Randall Magill & Jose Chavez • Houston, TX

Same-Sex Couple Denied Access to Wedding Venue in Texas Shares Personal Impact of Discrimination

Justin Hudgins & Ben Allen • Fort Worth, TX

Years After Being Kicked Out of a Cab, Oregon Woman Underlines Need for Nationwide LGBTQ Protections

Kate Neal • Portland, OR