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Sam & Burley Williams
Pinch, WV

When Sam began dating Burley, the man who would become his husband, Sam was working in a coal mine. When his co-workers learned he was gay, they immediately began harassing him, damaging his property and bothering him at his home with Burley. All the while, his supervisors did nothing to stop the behavior. After receiving death threats, Sam made the difficult decision to leave his job. This led to him accessing unemployment protections for nearly two months and having to take a position that paid only a quarter of what he’d previously been making.

“We do everything by the book, and we do everything that everybody else does, but you get ridiculed for who you love,” Sam said. “It’s unfair for anybody to have to live their life looking over their shoulder. It’s un-American.”

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