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Fighting for future rights for the LGBT community

Gay pride in Buffalo
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Gay pride in Buffalo

OUTspoken for Equality continues to fight for rights for the LGBT community. Although the same-sex couples recently celebrated a big win when the Supreme Court ruled that legally married same-sex couples will now receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, OUTspoken Buffalo's leader says there are still battles ahead.

When you ask Kitty Lambert Rudd, president of Outspoken for Equality in Buffalo, if the battle for LGTB is over, here is how she responded.

"Giant N-O. No. No. No.  We still have to, on a state level, we still have to get gender protection past," said Lambert Rudd.

Lambert Rudd says they will be looking for new state legislation called transgender protection.

"List them as a class of individuals that need protection," said Lambert Rudd.

Lambert Rudd says on a federal level they are awaiting for need for end of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act a that would protect LGTB workers.

"Gays and lesbians can still be terminated from their jobs as well as transgender individuals and we need to put a stop to that," said Lambert Rudd.

Lambert Rudd and her spouse -- Cheryl Rudd -- were the one of the first couples to marry when New York legalized gay marriage. They will be celebrating their second wedding anniversary July 24.  She emotionally reflected on that day and the time that has past.

"And on the inside of our wedding invitation it said 'it was so worth the fight', and it has been. I think it has been not just because my wife and I were able to get married, but because so many of our friends were able to get married. I think the only heartache in this is how many didn't get to see this day," said Lambert Rudd.