The slow acceptance LGBT rights worldwide has also led to LGBT athletes coming out of the closet and wearing their sexual or gender identities proudly.
The world marks the International Day Against Homophobia this May 17 in the wake of Bangladesh LGBT magazine publisher Xulhaz Mannan's murder last month.
The Justice Department called for the repeal of North Carolina's HB2 on Wednesday, saying that the law violates the US Civil Rights Act.
LGBT legal protections have come under attack again, as a controversial defense bill amendment was approved by the House Armed Services Committee.
President Barack Obama condemned North Carolina and Mississippi anti-LGBT laws at a press conference in London, saying these should be overturned.
Diversity and equality are key factors for business success, according to Credit Suisse of top LGBT businesses that perform well in the market.
Here's a quick look at the prominent anti-LGBT laws and bills being used against the LGBT community in a number of US states in the South.
Economic and state consequences have been laid out in the wake of the North Carolina anti-LGBT law, and only time will tell who will blink first.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law what is considered a dangerous anti-transgender bill, overturning recently-passed LGBT protections.
The White House has recently appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as their primary LGBT liaison, making her the first openly transgender person in this role.