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Gay Rights Activist: "I Danced At The White House With The Man I Love"

Gay rights activist Mark Segal, author of "And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality" speaks about how he felt as a young gay man growing up in Philadelphia and ended up hugging Michelle Obama at the White House.

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"Life is full of surprises, life is joyful, if only you'll seek it out, there are people there and a community that are wishing to embrace you."

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Ask you something that's more important and that has to do with the young people today, the LGBT kids who know, I mean like you were kind of different because you knew who you were and you knew where to go to find the acceptance, because you weren't going to change who you were. How many people still, even in today's climate, which is much improved but it's certainly not perfect, they suffer so much, they're so fearful, what can you tell them? - Well, I could tell them that as an 18-year-old man I stood outside a bar while there was a riot, during that riot, I realized something very important to me, first off I realized I had run away from Philadelphia, because I felt like there was nobody else in the world like me and I could only find them in another city. So I went to the city, I had no money, I was living in a six dollar room in the YMCA, I had no job and no prospects for life, I thought life would be a total disaster. 46 years later, the President of the United States invites me to take the man I love and dance at the White House. - That's incredible. - So what I can tell you is, life is full of surprises, life is joyful, if only you'll seek it out, there are people there and a community that are wishing to embrace you. - You had your picture taken with Michelle Obama. - And she gave me a hug, until the Secret Service stopped her and said oh, I forgot, the first lady is not supposed to hug.