The same-sex marriage battle is inching closer and closer to a victorious conclusion for LGBT advocates: it's now legal for same-sex couples to marry in 37 states and Washington, DC. However, the majority of states in the US do not have nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in the workplace, public accommodations, or housing.
Many schools across the country still lack enumerated policies that protect LGBT students from bullying and discrimination. Some states go so far as to have "no promo homo" laws in place, which forbid teachers in public schools from even mentioning homosexuality, at least in a positive light.
This can leave kids in some states stigmatized by their own teachers. In response, people like Drew Carter, Adam Jernberg, and Tom Sosnik often turn to YouTube to build community and support by coming out.
Today, 71 percent of people in the US live in a state where marriage equality exists. But if you watch the video above, it's clear that LGBT civil rights battles are far from over.