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.

Georgia Woman Calls for Increased Attention to Challenges Facing LGBT Older Adults

Marsha Bond • Clarkston, GA

Lesbian Educator Fired For Her Sexual Orientation Brings Attention to Discrimination in Ohio

Jimmie Beall • Columbus, OH

“I Can Be a Voice for the Voiceless”: Michigan Woman Calls for Increased Attention to Challenges Facing LGBT Older Adults

Faith Robinson-Renner • Southfield, MI

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Calls for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Nationwide

Patty Jenkins • Hollywood, CA

Social Worker in Missouri on LGBTQ Protections: “We’re Talking About the Right to Exist in the World”

Kelly Storck • Webster Groves, MO
A Story Collection

For Transgender Day of Visibility, Read the Stories of Real Transgender Americans

Transgender Americans Celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility

Mother in Ohio Fights For Her Transgender Son’s Freedom in Student Athletics

Sheila Pogue-Krabacher • Wilmington, OH

Ohio Writer and Activist Uses Discrimination Experience in His Fight For Other Transgender 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