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 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

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