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.

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

South Tamworth, NH

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

Congressional Candidate Wendy May Makes History in North Carolina

Wendy May • Micro, NC

Mom in North Carolina: “Being Authentic is Something to Be Proud Of”

Ashley Nurkin • Charlotte, NC

California Doctor Speaks Against Discrimination by Sharing Her Story as a Transgender Wife and Mother

Dana Pizzuti • Scotts Valley, CA

Ohio Business Owners on Small Business Week: “Everyone Who Enters is Part of Our Story”

Jennie Doran and Andrew Gorell • Ohio City, OH

Restaurant Owners in Kansas Know the Importance of Remaining #OpenToAll

Carlos & Jaime Renteria • Wichita, KS
A Story Collection

During Small Business Week, Small Business Owners Share Why They Are #OpenToAll

Small Business Owners from Across the Country Speak Out!

Ohio Couple Bakes With Pride – Inclusivity is Icing on the Cake

Letha & Wendy Pugh • Columbus, OH

Mississippi Entrepreneur Offers Gifts With ‘A Common Thread of Love’

CeCe Garrett • Hattiesburg, MS