Dr. Gill has been a long-time advocate for marriage equality, even when such a position was politically unpopular. The United States has made progress in providing equal rights to the LGBTQ community, but the work is far from finished. LGBTQ Americans can be fired or denied housing simply because of who they are. Federal policy must protect the rights of the LGBTQ community. The federal government must also fight to put an end to the violence that threatens the LGBTQ community, which is the target of hate crimes throughout the country. Our government should stand with all citizens and make it clear that discrimination and bullying will not be tolerated.