Today, the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day is celebrated in a very different environment than what existed in 1987. Many states provide protections for members of the LGBT community, while others still openly permit discrimination in employment, housing, and a host of other arenas that contribute to misunderstanding, and open acts of hate.
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The Orange County Rally in Sasscer Park in the shadow of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse drew a respectable crowd, about 200 people, of LGBT community members and their supporters. They all seemed to recognize that this decision is merely another step, on the long road, to marriage equality for LGBT Americans.