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.

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

Closer Than Ever to His Dream of Service: Transgender Recruit Takes Steps Toward Enlisting in U.S. Air Force

Logan Downs • Tualatin, Oregon

Nebraskan Faith Leader: Let’s Preach Radical Inclusivity and Love

Dylan Dell-Haro • Beatrice, NE

Pastor in Alaska Shares His Journey Toward Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Equal Treatment

Martin Eldred • Eagle River, AK

Reverend Ed Bacon: “We Are Created to Be In Community”

Reverend Ed Bacon • Birmingham, AL

Mother of a Transgender Child in Georgia: “You Are As You Were Meant to Be”

Amanda Dewis • Johns Creek, Georgia

As Transgender Americans Can Finally Enlist in Military, A Transgender Veteran Shares His Story of Service

Ashley N. Scott • Inver Grove Heights, MN