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Fired for Being Who I Am: The Fight for LGBT Equality Continues

Despite historic progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender—or LGBT—rights over the past several years, many LGBT people and their families still face serious and life-altering discrimination in their daily lives. John Murphy and his husband, Jerry Carter, know firsthand the financial and emotional impact of the discrimination that remains following the adoption of marriage equality nationwide. In April 2015, John was fired from his job as the executive director of a senior living facility in Virginia simply for marrying Jerry, the love of his life.

Kulsum Ebrahim is a Video Producer and Editor at the Center for American Progress. Sarah McBride is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for LGBT Progress at the Center. Claire Markham is the Outreach and Campaign Manager for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center.