From laws governing restroom use for transgender individuals to the continued lack of employment protection for LGBTQ Americans nationwide, there is a great deal at stake for sexual minorities when it comes to the public policies that are meant to ensure equal protection under the law. However, it is worth noting – and celebrating – the progress that has been made since Marsha P. Johnson helped lead the Stonewall uprising in June of 1969.Dr. Kimberly Blackmon provides an overview of the current state of legal protections for LGBTQ individuals, highlighting significant items like the HIV/AIDS crisis, hate crime legislation, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the fight for marriage equality.

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