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President Obama Releases Proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, Will Hold White House Reception

President Obama has released a Presidential Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, which reads as follows:

Blue_obamaAs progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect -- our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

Last year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my Administration is extending family and spousal benefits -- from immigration benefits to military family benefits -- to legally married same-sex couples.

My Administration proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights. Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals. Despite this progress, LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And in the years ahead, we will remain dedicated to addressing health disparities within the LGBT community by implementing the Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy -- which focuses on improving care while decreasing HIV transmission rates among communities most at risk.

Our commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far beyond our borders. In many places around the globe, LGBT people face persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.

This month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn defied an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor every brave leader who stood up, sat in, and came out, as well as the allies who supported them along the way. Following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity -- because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.

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 2014 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 thirtieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

Barack Obama

A White House official has also informed Towleroad that "On Monday, June 30, President Obama will host a reception at the White House in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. Additional details about the event, including media access, will be released at a later date."

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  1. Can you imagine the hair pulling and gnashing of teeth that takes place in troll Rick's home during Pride Month??

    You're my schadenfreude, Rick. Luv ya, betch!

    Posted by: D.R.H. | May 31, 2014 11:29:50 AM


  2. Your headline is ungrammatical -- even for a headline. You need to add an 's' and make it "Releases" or add a 'to' before release (Obama to release), one or the other. It makes me cringe as it is! You're better than this.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 31, 2014 11:40:48 AM


  3. @ALEX PARRISH, so glad you only worry about the big things in life.

    Posted by: 2AMOR | May 31, 2014 12:17:47 PM


  4. Hey Obama, make it truly gay pride month and sign an EO prohibiting discrimination, why don't ya?

    Posted by: phluidik | May 31, 2014 12:19:52 PM


  5. Yeah, blah blah blah, where's the anti-discrimination executive order for LGBT federal employees?

    Posted by: Richard | May 31, 2014 12:37:06 PM


  6. This is awesome!

    Posted by: Brian | May 31, 2014 2:54:35 PM


  7. thank you Mr. President!!!!

    Posted by: Tom | May 31, 2014 3:14:31 PM


  8. Sometimes being pro-gay is all a President has to hold on to.

    Posted by: GEB | May 31, 2014 3:30:24 PM


  9. "In the year of our Lord" Woot! :-D

    Posted by: bernard | May 31, 2014 4:23:55 PM


  10. Dear RICHARD & PHLUIDIC

    I think it has to do with the fact that if he were to sign an EO, it would be easier to sign right back out when the next anti-gay president is in office.
    If congress passes it, it won't be as easy to sign-away-into-oblivion when the next anti-gay president is in office.

    A sweeping win with a single signature from the president is far weaker than a win passed by congress.

    But hey, either way, any pro-gay step forward today is tomorrow's anti-gay step backward.

    I watch as your country's intellectuals turn into rabid dogs. Constitution? Or bla bla bla kill the f**s!

    Posted by: SellingTheInside | May 31, 2014 8:06:32 PM


  11. @ SELLINGTHEINSIDE: the "a future president could just reverse it" is not only practically irrelevant but historically. As silly as saying, "No point in feeding the hungry today because we may run out of food tomorrow."

    President Roosevelt racially integrated federal contractors during WWII and that was NEVER reversed. President Truman ordered the military racially integrated; it was completed under President Eisenhower—and NEVER reversed. President Clinton ordered ay civilian employees of the federal government not be discriminated against—and that has NEVER be reversed. In 2009, wait for it.....drum roll....PRESIDENT OBAMA added protections for transgender federal civilian employees—so why can't he do the same for LGBT employees of federal contractors?

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 31, 2014 9:07:19 PM


  12. AND: "the patrons of the Stonewall Inn ... awakened a nascent movement"???????????? SOMEONE PLEASE buy Mr. Obama a gay history book OR a dictionary. First flickering briefly in 1924 with the Society for Human Rights in Chicago, the American gay rights movement rekindled in LA in 1950, and spread to other cities, growing brighter each year. Stonewall was but the result of what had come before, and would have quickly been forgotten had activists who preceded it not labored to renew existing organizations and create new ones, and create the first Pride marches on its anniversary in 1970.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 31, 2014 9:16:49 PM


  13. Yes Michael, that's a bit broader version of the gay movement. You could start it in Germany before that or the inspiration of Oscar Wilde before that. But we tend to organize popular history around one symbolic event.

    Rosa Parks refusing to move on the bus was unimportant in the big picture of black civil rights, and in fact she wasn't just some stubborn middle class lady but an activist, however that is used as a symbolically important milestone in the movement. Like Stonewall. It's also still a functioning bar you can visit, with a square across the street with cool Gay Liberation statues in it.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 31, 2014 9:58:28 PM


  14. This is maybe the fourth year Obama has issued a similar proclamation. As a National Park Service park ranger I was tasked with creating a three poster LGBT month display for the lobby of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 2011. It was potentially seen by three thousand people a day for a month.

    Inside staff jokes: I was "randomly chosen" to do it, and one guy called it (not negatively at all, just usual friendly staff snark) the "Yays for Gays" display. Then on the day gay marriage was passed in New York State when I walked into the locker room at the end of the day applause broke out from everyone. That never happened before.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 31, 2014 10:06:22 PM


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