We’ve made huge strides across a number of issues over the past decade—and nowhere is that more evident than our progress to advance equality for LGBTQ communities. From the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the Supreme Court’s decision to ensure the freedom to marry for all, we’ve come a long way. But there’s still more to do.
What we’re fighting for
Despite all of our progress, in recent years we’ve seen record numbers of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures across the country under the guise of “religious liberty.” In reality, these bills are about discrimination—some hinder local governments’ abilities to protect their LGBTQ residents, while others target transgender people, including students. At the same time, no federal law explicitly protects LGBTQ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. LGBTQ youth continue to face significant challenges like family rejection, bullying, and the vile practice of conversion therapy. That means we have to keep working and organizing for equality.