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President Obama Issues LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

Whitehouse President Obama has released a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month in which he covers his achievements for the LGBT community since taking office, including the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, legislation toward repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and implementing executive branch nondiscrimination policies. Obama also discusses his administration's work to combat bullying, and fight AIDS.

There is no mention of the Defense of Marriage Act or marriage equality in the proclamation. 

Read the full proclamation, AFTER THE JUMP...

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2011

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Since taking office, my Administration has made significant progress towards achieving equality for LGBT Americans. Last December, I was proud to sign the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. With this repeal, gay and lesbian Americans will be able to serve openly in our Armed Forces for the first time in our Nation's history. Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized.

My Administration has also taken steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans in Federal housing programs and to give LGBT Americans the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Federal workplace will not be tolerated. I have continued to nominate and appoint highly qualified, openly LGBT individuals to executive branch and judicial positions. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration stands with advocates of equality around the world in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the international system. We led a global campaign to ensure "sexual orientation" was included in the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial execution -- the only United Nations resolution that specifically mentions LGBT people -- to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and my Administration has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.

At home, we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are also working to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth. My Administration is actively engaged with educators and community leaders across America to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that bullying is a harmless or inevitable part of growing up, the First Lady and I hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in March. Many senior Administration officials have also joined me in reaching out to LGBT youth who have been bullied by recording "It Gets Better" video messages to assure them they are not alone.

This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has had a profound impact on the LGBT community. Though we have made strides in combating this devastating disease, more work remains to be done, and I am committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Last year, I announced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. This strategy focuses on combinations of evidence-based approaches to decrease new HIV infections in high risk communities, improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduce health disparities. My Administration also increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention, and to invest in HIV/AIDS-related research. However, government cannot take on this disease alone. This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.

Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward 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 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

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

BARACK OBAMA

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Comments

  1. What an ungrateful lot! This is more than any other President have said or given you before. And considering that THEY ONLY WAY one can get elected in the U.S. is by declaring one's love of God and Jesus and that you believe marriage is "between one man and one woman" over and over again, I'd say that this is quite the revelation.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 1, 2011 8:31:28 AM


  2. Clinton C**ksucker? Really??? LOLOLOL. No, I am not Monica. Not even sure what you mean. What a pathetic moron.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jun 1, 2011 8:43:54 AM


  3. I think the tide started to change for me re Obama when the justice department stopped defending DOMA in court. No mention of that in this year's list of tiny LGBT accomplishments, but that's the one that smacked of some action to me. Perhaps it's because I see that every one of our civil rights is going to come from the Judicial Branch of our government and none other. Heck, I doubt even DADT repeal would have gone forward if the courts weren't breathing down Congress' collective necks with rulings of unconstitutionality.

    Let's face it ... gay rights are not popular enough for politicians to tackle them. Sheesh, something's got to have like 86% popular support before politicians are moved to action. 53% equal marriage support is not even a blip to the cretins in power.

    Yep, I'm gonna hold my nose and vote for Obama again. I was not fooled by campaign promises, and I'm glad I wasn't. But I'm willing to see what no prospect of ANY future re-elections does to a 2nd term vis-a-vis growing a pair - and it's not like I have any real choice between Obama and some Republican idiot who would not only stab me in the heart with no qualms, but would hasten our country's decent into muckery.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 1, 2011 10:30:19 AM


  4. The ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) was first introduced in 1923. It was finally passed by Congress in 1972. It was never ratified.

    Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

    Talk is cheap. Votes aren't.

    Posted by: bob | Jun 1, 2011 11:18:33 AM


  5. I'm with Zlick. I'll vote for Obama and pray that he'll really get sh*t done in his second term when he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected again. He's clearly made some progress on gay rights, so hopefully with the pressure of re-election gone, he'll become the "fierce advocate" he promised to be.

    Posted by: Matthew | Jun 1, 2011 12:26:48 PM


  6. The comments on Towleroad articles are toxic.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Jun 1, 2011 1:43:46 PM


  7. A step is a step. And though many of you people are restless for change or aggravated with the administration you all need to take a step back. Change is going to come whether you like it or not, but it will happen gradually. People fought for their rights all through the 20th century and I'm sure we aren't done yet. Though this isn't legislation it shows us where he stands, which is a risky thing to do before his first term is over. People still feel cynicism towards the government and heads of our country, but you all need to stop criticizing them for their choices. you put them in office and you can take them out. They're just representing the majority that voted them in.

    Posted by: M. Prestridge | Jun 4, 2011 1:07:21 AM


  8. I an 16 years of age and i even know better then what you all are arguing about. I am bi-sexual and i do very much so hope we do get our rights we deserve and are able to be happy with the one we love.. Everyone has there own religion but it should not be mixed in with the politics. Just because someone believes one thing doesnt mean everyone else should be forced into believing it. Even though some of you do not believe in gay rights because your God does not approve of it does not mean you need to throw your bible around. I was forced into christian school for 6 years of my life so i know my bible an i know that you are not suppose to throw the bible in others face. Let us do us and you guys do you. You can stay out of our stuff and we will stay out of yous. Real life is just like highschool and always will be until people can stop running there mouth and stay out of others stuff.

    Posted by: BooBoo | Oct 4, 2011 2:25:15 PM


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