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Obama Issues LGBT Pride Month Proclamation


President Obama has released a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month:

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 28, 2010




As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities. Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise. An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equality on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This month, as we recognize the immeasurable contributions of LGBT Americans, we renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists.

LGBT Americans have enriched and strengthened the fabric of our national life. From business leaders and professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline. They are our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, and our friends and neighbors. Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are serving at every level. Thanks to those who came before us -- the brave men and women who marched, stood up to injustice, and brought change through acts of compassion or defiance -- we have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union.

My Administration has advanced our journey by signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal protections against crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides life-saving medical services and support to Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and finally eliminated the HIV entry ban. I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions.

In other areas, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a series of proposals to ensure core housing programs are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. HUD also announced the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders.

Much work remains to fulfill our Nation's promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits. We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment. I am also committed to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.

As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of our founding principles. Our Nation draws its strength from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the greater whole. By affirming these rights and values, each American benefits from the further advancement of liberty and justice for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


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  1. The man has a way with words ... and little else. I think the proclamation would have worked better without his laundry list of pathetic to-date accomplishments, most of which haven't even been enacted.

    Otherwise, though, a very nice proclamation, and a nice use of the Bully Pulpit ... well, it would be nicer if he read it aloud on national tv, but a nice use of the Bully Buried Pen at any rate.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 28, 2010 8:02:01 PM

  2. He talks big, but on the big issues his actions are so weak if not non-existant that it's maddening.

    Posted by: ravewulf | May 28, 2010 8:02:16 PM

  3. We don't need a month, we already have that. What we need is FULL EQUALITY in ALL facets of society. Here's what I really think!

    Posted by: Keith | May 28, 2010 8:07:28 PM

  4. We don't need a month, we already have that. What we need is FULL EQUALITY in ALL facets of life.

    Nice to see he released this on a Friday when everyone's on their way home and the media pay little if any attention.

    Here's the state of America:

    Posted by: Keith | May 28, 2010 8:10:57 PM

  5. yes we can!

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | May 28, 2010 8:19:44 PM

  6. Blah Blah Blah, Yup it's Friday, thanks for lettin us know now.

    Posted by: Free Articles Directory | May 28, 2010 8:39:45 PM

  7. The usual faggot friday media death dump by President Wifflebat

    Thanks, glorious leader.

    Posted by: Gridlock | May 28, 2010 8:42:29 PM

  8. Obama.. cut the bullshit. Now back to the real issues at hand.. DADT & Gay Marriage.

    Posted by: why? | May 28, 2010 8:55:39 PM

  9. "As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities." I guess he forgot we are missing about 1,152 rights and privileges the federal government gives to married heteros. Immigration rights for partners, income tax benefits, social security survivor benefits, estate transfer, and on and on.... We can't even get killed serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan without lying about who we are. Of course, we still have to pay full freight on our taxes - subsidizing the benefits given to other but denied to us.

    I had high hopes for the big O but he is a real disappointment. I am tried of voting for the lesser of evils. For now on, I will cast no vote for any politician who does not publicly proclaim that ALL Americans are entitled to the same benefits and cast their votes accordingly. I will stay home on election day - and my checkbook is closed until I hear and see what is overdue.

    Posted by: MB | May 28, 2010 9:08:37 PM

  10. Reuters: "Gates tells U.S. troops: no gay ban repeal imminent"

    Gates reassures troops that they aren't REALLY repealing DADT, and that they will have the final say about when, if ever, gays are allowed to serve.

    At the same time Obama is claiming to be a hero to our community, his thugs at the Pentagon are reassuring the bigots that it's all just for show. At least Gates is telling the truth.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 28, 2010 9:29:39 PM

  11. Not fully understanding how the American govt actually works you guys never seem to give Obama (what we in Australia would call) a fair go. The man seems to be working his arse off and the more he gets done the "not enough" he has done keeps getting shouted.

    As an outsider I read the proclamation and thought - Wow, wouldn't it be great if our Prime Minister put pen to paper and announced a LGBT month, or at least acknowledged the existence of our history.

    Politics is about give and take and your Republican party only seems to want the white male middle-to-rich class to take and not give - so every step forward Obama takes is mired in mud and negotiations. The other problem I see is the interference of the Church and lobby groups - they sure seem to have a hell of a lot of power in the USA.

    All I am saying is give the man a break. In this "modern" world nothing, and I mean nothing, is changed overnight. Yes we don't live in the USA and maybe that helps to see things differently but from what I am seeing things are changing, and in most cases changing (on a federal level) for the better.

    Don't give up the fight but don't bludgeon to death the hope.

    Posted by: Lez | May 28, 2010 9:34:06 PM

  12. I dont live in the US...So I dont know how much of this is just demagogy...But I just know that a president who embraces something like "gay pride month" is a really cool man!

    I wish we had a president like that here in Colombia.


    Posted by: George F | May 28, 2010 9:42:38 PM

  13. As an outsider you have no idea how Obama says one thing, and then does a 180.

    He says a lot of pretty things, and then knifes you in the back on almost every issue.

    It's not about give and take. We've watched him for a year, and this is his pattern: say something good, then do the exact opposite.. or say something good, and then kick you in the crotch with something bad 24 hours later.

    Every. Single. Time.

    Maybe in Australia you'd be satisfied with someone merely talking about you. On this side of the pond, we're fed up with pretty words and then getting thrown under the bus.

    That time is over. Hopefully Australia will catch up.

    Posted by: Gridlock | May 28, 2010 9:44:19 PM

  14. Well, it was a tasteful statement, but rhetoric never fired me up. I need something more tangible at this stage in the game. ENDA and DADT repeal, and he'll have my vote again. (BTW, I never supported hillary...always barack...but unless those two pieces of legislation go through congress and to his desk for signature, I can't bring myself to vote for him again...the new strategy will be adopted).

    Posted by: TANK | May 28, 2010 9:44:24 PM

  15. You Obama haters make me, well, hate you. The idea that you would even think of letting the Republicans back in power leads me to believe you are evil and selfish to the core or just unspeakably stupid.

    Posted by: anon | May 28, 2010 10:01:14 PM

  16. ANON:

    What's the difference? A knife in the face or a knife in the back.

    The Democrats have slid so far right they've just occupied the space the GOP have been in for 25 years.

    Today, Nixon would be a Democrat.

    Posted by: Gridlock | May 28, 2010 10:05:01 PM

  17. How does he reconcile his "marriage is between a man and a woman" stance with this proclamation? Coward doesn't even mention it.

    And now the Democratic party has authorized members of the world's largest welfare service (the US military) to make civil rights decisions.

    Posted by: Nick | May 28, 2010 10:06:21 PM

  18. ANON is living in a fox news world where everything has a political polar opposite. If you criticize Obama, you are therefore an evil republican. No nuance in their universe. People with that type of world view are easy to control. And it is easier for them because it saves them from having to actually use their brains to figure out complex issues, using facts rather than rhetoric and propaganda. It's what we've been saying about the drooling right wingers for years. It seems to be catching.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 28, 2010 10:16:22 PM

  19. The guy who says Democrats are in the same spot Nixon was 40 years ago is what does it say about Republicans????????

    Posted by: Catalystic | May 28, 2010 11:00:10 PM

  20. I know a lot of people feel that Obama is "not doing enough," but you have to realize that everything he does as far as LGBT issues go is being constantly impeded by conservatives, religious grous, lobbyists, etc. It's not a matter of 'not trying hard enough.' It's only now that he's president is the issue facing real presidential support. Considering that, I'd think you'd be a mite more considerate of the challenges faced when trying to pass such resolutions.
    There are so many more rights that married, heterosexual couples enjoy and take for granted, and it will take at least a few years to finally bring equality. Such movements do not happen in fell swoops.

    Posted by: Daxxglax | May 28, 2010 11:33:09 PM

  21. Gaylib, you are the one without nuance. I didn't say you were an evil Republican, just evil--OR stupid. I think you are stupid. To say there is no difference between Reps and Dems is about as non-nuanced as it gets. Did you read about Michelle Bachman's friends who want gays EXECUTED?! The POTUS is not a dictator--there are hoops to jump through. That is the reality of which you have no grip. You want him to be your ally, HE wants to be your ally, yet you cut him off at the knees with every step. As if he doesn't have enough to fight, he's fighting those he's fighting for. Rather, you're fighting him.

    What I find evil is your willingness to throw the whole fucking world to the wolves for the sake of your self-righteous indignation. What was the story about Soloman cutting the baby in two?

    In other words: You're not the mother. You just don't care. Put the goddamned baby in the woodchipper, for all you care. But you get to bloviate like you care.

    Bull. Fucking. Shit.

    Posted by: anon | May 29, 2010 12:05:40 AM

  22. "In other words: You're not the mother. You just don't care. Put the goddamned baby in the woodchipper, for all you care. But you get to bloviate like you care.

    Bull. Fucking. Shit."

    lol You massacred Gaylib with words. Could not have said it better myself. I truly believe if President Obama had it his way then we would be given equal rights, but we live in a nation of checks and balances and right now that's the very thing that's preventing progress with LGBT rights. Voting Republican or not voting at all is equivalent to undoing any progress we've made so far, which is minimal (ie. it would be completely stupid as Anon said). You have to think, being brash is not the answer.

    There is the executive order, I know, but like Obama needs to add fuel to the fire of everyone thinking he's this socialist tyrant after passing the health care bill through reconciliation. Plus the votes are there to end Don't ask Don't tell. It'll pass, no worries.

    Posted by: Adrian | May 29, 2010 12:29:23 AM

  23. How very interesting that you would mention the story of Solomon (it's an "o" at the end brainiac) because it very beautifully illustrates my point. Solomon's "compromise" SEEMED like the right thing to do. But it only takes the barest of critical thinking to realize that the compromise is horribly inadequate. The decision of the mother to forfeit her baby to save it demonstrates that people's reactions, while at face value may seem illogical, are sometimes justified by their righteousness. The story teaches us to think critically about decisions that we make instead of accepting the ruling of wise leaders at face value. It also demonstrates that when one is personally threatened by an authoritarian's decision they will do whatever it takes, no matter how uncoventional, to make sure that they and their interests are protected. Your mess of a mixed metaphor (One might get the impression that Solomon was going to feed the baby to the wolves) plainly illustrates the great extent to which your brain has atrophied from disuse.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 29, 2010 12:40:04 AM

  24. The Typical Anti-hatred of the Black Pres from the white gays..

    Oh Hillary where could you be????

    Posted by: JuJuBeeBee | May 29, 2010 12:40:25 AM

  25. And remember Ms GAYLIB is a cocksucking CLINTONISTA..

    Bitch is just Sestak....Just can't let go!

    Posted by: JuJuBeeBee | May 29, 2010 12:42:08 AM

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