The LGBT community has never enjoyed as many policy wins as in the years of the Obama administration. During the Obama presidency, we celebrated monumental victories — from a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and winning marriage in the Supreme Court to small but important initiatives such as Health and Human Services funding for LGBT refugees in Chicago and the opening of the first national resource center for older LGBT people. The last eight years have afforded our community the greatest growth in equality we have ever seen.The administration opened visitation rights at hospitals for LGBT families, banned anti-LGBT discrimination by the federal government and its contractors, issued policy guidance about the fair treatment of transgender students, prohibited discrimination in Housing and Urban Development’s housing programs, dedicated the Stonewall Inn as a national monument, and so much more.
The long list of the Obama administration’s accomplishments has already made a difference in the lives of LGBT people, but much is left to do. We can achieve full legislative equality for LGBT Americans; look at how far we’ve come in such short time. But our vision can only be accomplished through working hand in hand with the next administration, and not losing momentum. It is critical that the next administration continue to work with our community to advance LGBTQ equality — our future is at stake.