As a gay man, I arrived in San Francisco looking for a better life like many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who came before me. I met my future husband in San Francisco when I didn't think we would ever be allowed to legally get married. It was a triumph to walk down the aisle with him. But in many parts of the world the freedom to marry still does not exist for same-sex couples. Even in the United States, LGBTQ people do not have federal protections against employment or housing discrimination. There is still more work ahead to ensure that all LGBTQ people can live fully and equally.


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