Photo Essay

  • “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

The faces of #msnbcpride


Join us in celebrating the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. From June 9 to the anniversary on June 26, msnbc is featuring couples’ and individuals’ reflections on the impact the decision has had on their lives and the future of the LGBT rights fight in the United States. On June 25, 2014,  just a day before the anniversary,  Indiana became the 20th state in the nation where gay and lesbians couples can legally wed. Minutes later, a three-judge panel on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex nuptials – the first time a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of marriage equality since the DOMA decision.

In the last year, marriage equality has come to 10 states. Federal judges have also struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, though their decisions are on hold pending appeals.

No ban on same-sex nuptials has survived in federal court since DOMA’s demise. And, as of this month, every remaining ban has been hit with a legal challenge. Both marriage equality advocates, and opponents alike, believe it won’t be long before the issue is once again before the U.S. Supreme Court, and ultimately legalized throughout the nation.

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