As a gay man, Joel arrived in San Francisco looking for a better life like many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who came before him. Joel met his husband in San Francisco when they didn't think they would ever be allowed to get legally married. For Joel and Lionel, it was a triumph to officially walk down the aisle. But in many parts of the world marriage equality 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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