Post submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern

Around the country today, LGBT Americans and their allies are celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in a nation that, thanks to landmark rulings on marriage equality from the Supreme Court last week, feels just a little more free than it was last Independence Day. In particular, tens of thousands of children being raised by LGBT couples are now able to live free of the stigma placed upon their families by the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

As President Obama said after the ruling on DOMA: "When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

Still, the fight for LGBT rights at home will continue as long as it is still possible, in 33 states, to be fired for being transgender or for being lesbian, gay, or bisexual in 29. It will continue as long as ranks of homeless youth are disproportionately filled with LGBT-identifying individuals, and it will continue so long as LGBT people are targeted for violence just because of who they are.

As we celebrate America’s independence, we should remember that our LGBT peers in many countries still live without the freedom to be open about their LGBT identity — sometimes risking fines or imprisonment simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

So today, reflect not just on this nation and its extraordinary promise of freedom for all, but on how you can continue the fight for freedom, here and overseas.

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