Kimya has a master's degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field.
She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer's and dementia.
She enjoyed her job, and was good at it.
She suffered through a year of threatening messages, vandalism to her car and slurs uttered in the halls.
In 2003, she was fired, her supervisors telling her, "This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian."
Kimya sought out legal help. Nothing in Michigan law protected her from being fired because of her sexual orientation.
This is one of the stories of discrimination that ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would address.
But our political leaders are standing idly by, while the chance to enact such legislation dwindles. Why? But there's a much more important question.
Why are we letting them?
Kimya's story is from Stories of Discrimination, found on the Human Rights Campaign's Pass ENDA Now website.
HRC has done a tremendous amount of work on ENDA, including public education, advocacy efforts within LGBT communities around the country, and lobbying of public officials.
But it hasn't been enough, because our public officials are still ignoring our calls for action. Speaker Pelosi is still blaming the LGBT community for not "making" her push ENDA.
What does it take to "make" a public official do something that she has declared her "number one priority," but everything else comes before?
How many people have to live through Kimya's year-long nightmare before Speaker Pelosi, our LGBT community "friend," and her Democratic pals up on Stratos get the message?
More importantly, what will bring the message home to 30 million LGBT people in this country that they don't have equality and that's not cool? If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.
When we wake that sleeping dragon, that's when things will start to move.
And one must remember to be kind to dragons, for thou art crunchy when toasted and taste good with ketchup.