I am a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. From healthcare to education to housing to simply trying to buy a cake, the LGBTQ community faces bigotry and hate. As a civilized nation we cannot allow judgment, ignorance and arrogance to stifle the ability of any individual to live the life they have been gifted in the way they best define it. Where cultural obstacles exist, we must all be allies. Where structural, legal or legislative obstacles exist, our government must be adamant that, as a free society, we will not condone prejudice in any law or regulation.