The faces of #msnbcpride

  • “The gravest violences queer and trans people face are not related to marriage. They’re related to healthcare, to housing, to police brutality and profiling, to prison, to detention, to employment, to poverty, to homelessness.”-Janani Balasubramanian, read the full story
  • “Audrey has lived in her New York apartment in Midtown Manhattan for 35 years. We were married in 2011. We are still trying to get my name on the lease. It shouldn’t be that difficult … why must we wait 3 years?”- Gail Marquis, read the full story 
  • “As a heterosexual couple, we were able to marry easily nearly thirty years ago … the ability of same sex couples to wed has not diminished our marriage. In fact, it has enhanced it!” Liebe Gadinsky, LGBT activist, read the full story
  • “The next frontier for LGBT equality is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). No one should be fired from their job because of who they are or whom they love.” - Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills, read the full story
  • “I think we could have better used the momentum of the DOMA ruling to more quickly enact change on the state level.” -Carter Gibson, read the full story
  • “After our wedding we felt more secure with the legal protections marriage offers and we felt an intangible but nevertheless real difference in the way we were perceived by others.”-Claude Summer and Ted Pebworth on married life since the DOMA ruling, read the full story
  • “I want to live in a world where we can all express our queer robot love freely.” -Odera Igbokwe, read the full story
  • “Gays and lesbians tell us how our public marriage has helped them to come out at work and in their churches.” Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin reflect on their marriage since the DOMA ruling, read the full story 
  • “Among the most invisible in our country are LGBT undocumented people. Unfortunately, the progress made in legislation is not shared with undocumented immigrants.” - Maria Hinojosa, read the full story
  • “Our 10-year-old niece, living in Alabama, has a vastly more evolved perspective than what we saw when we were growing up there. She views gay people as a normal part of life - not something that needs to be ‘accepted’ or ‘tolerated’.” - Jim Williams and Zach Lamm, read the full story
  • “I want the LGBTQ youth, particularly LGBTQ youth of color, to look within our community for inspiration and to recognize their own power in creating solidarity movements across cultures and borders.” -Oscar Nuñez, read the full story
  • “I am not married, because I am not interested in a state validation of my relationship nor am I interested in being a part of an institution that historically has been the site of so much violence and exclusion.” -Suzanna Walters, read the full story.
  • “Our movement is so much more than marriage. Let’s tackle violence, homelessness, access to healthcare, criminalization, and trans* inclusive non-discrimination.” - Cherno Biko, read the full story.
  • “Even Zambia gave us more recognition in that regard than the United States did, prior to the DOMA ruling last year.” - Steven Sullivan, read the full story.  
  • “We hope the generation to come, [understands] that fights for LGBTQ equality are intimately tied to fights for immigrant rights, worker’s rights, and fights for racial and environmental justice.” - Micah Salkind, read the full story.
  • “Given the momentum the fight has, it seems almost impossible for those opposed to marriage equality to stop our progress.” - Mayor Alex Morse, read the full story
  • “To know that we will receive full marriage rights at the state and federal level gives us the confidence and stability that every married couple deserves. There is a sense of security that is indescribable.” -Rory O’Malley, #msnbcpride, read the full story.
  • “I would also like government leaders to realize that making laws alone will not solve the problem. It is also important to support and fund organizations working on the ground to combat homophobia and provide safe spaces for LGBT people.” - Jamila Woods, read the full story here. 
  • “Well, you know the tide is going forward for gay rights but I think the next big fight will be puppet rights.” -Rod, read the full store here. 
  • “Having someone to go through life’s journey, its ups and downs. It’s joyful times and grave times. Having a rock in which to lean for mutual support.” Richard Peter Kory-Krohn, community submission
  • “Marriage for all … we had a 2.5 day window here in Indiana, and I never thought I would see the day. We were the first couple in DeKalb County, Indiana to receive a license.” Gary Kearny, community submission



Join us in celebrating the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). From June 9 to the anniversary on June 26, msnbc featured couples and individuals reflecting on the impact the decision had on their lives.

Thirteen states allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry when the sun set on DOMA on June 26, 2013. What followed was an unprecedented wave of advancements for LGBT equality, based almost entirely on the justices’ legal reasoning.

Even in the short time since this project was originally published, legalized marriage for same-sex couples has jumped from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, to 33. Four federal appeals courts have ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. And with the 6th Circuit’s recent decision to buck that trend, marriage equality now stands a good chance of winding up before the Supreme Court once again this term.

If that happens, there could be a chance that nationwide marriage equality will be a reality by June 26, 2015.

Take a look at the vibrant faces of #msnbcpride  in the gallery and please submit your own stories: here!