"Amazing change is possible. It used to be that employees across the country were without clear protection from getting fired or being harassed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"Now, the list of states with workplace protections is significant and growing: 20 states have protections for sexual orientation and 13 for gender identity.
"Seven years ago there were no rights for same-sex couples--now, more than 20 percent of all same-sex couples live in states where they can obtain at least the state law rights of marriage if not its privileged status. It's only been the past four years that same-sex sexual intimacy has been legal nationwide, following the historic Supreme Court decision in Lambda Legal's case, Lawrence v. Texas.
"By the year 2027, I believe that marriage for same-sex couples will be legal nearly everywhere in this country and there will be a national law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "Don't ask, don't tell" will be a memory that will make people ask, "Really? They did that back then?"
"There may still be struggles for adequate health care, family and parenting protections, and fair and equitable education, but the LGBT movement will be vibrant, strong and moving forward. -- Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of Education and Public Affairs at Lambda Legal, to 365gay.com in answer to the question, "Where will we be in 20 years? If we get all our rights, will our GLBT community vanish?"