Living as an LGBTQ individual is complicated, especially at work. You have rights, but you are not always protected when it comes to where you work. While same-sex couples can get married in all states, the laws that protect LGBTQ individuals in the workplace are not federally recognized. Fewer than half of the states have laws that protect LGBTQ workers, and several have laws that specifically prohibit this type of protection. Coming out at work is a personal choice but one that can have serious consequences in the wrong environment. Laws will continue to improve for LGBTQ individuals over time, and it's important to keep standing up for who you are, no matter what.