Today, nearly five years after Prop 8, we are almost able to raise our fists in victory, but the effort to gain equality is not over. In fact, marriage equality means little until every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person can live openly, safely and equally in the communities they call home.
I go to sleep every night with a siren alarm, a fire extinguisher and a rope ladder beside my bed, in case of another attack. During my 46 years of LGBT and human rights campaigning, I've upset a lot of dictators, fascists, homophobes and racists. Hate mail and death threats are a regular part of my life.