For the second year in a row, President Obama has declared June to be National Gay Pride Month. In an official proclamation released by the White House, the president reaffirmed his commitment to ending DADT, repealing DOMA, ending anti-gay and gender-based workplace discrimination, and expanding the rights of gay families to include adoption, equal benefits for the partners of federal employees, and access to "the same legal rights and responsibilities" for same-sex couples as all those opposite-married folks. He also announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be conducting its first ever study of discrimination against LGBT people in "rental and sale of housing."
For all that I, like many others, feel like the guy isn't moving fast or far enough fighting our fight, I must admit that President Obama's positions on our issues, while far from perfect, constitute more than we've ever had in a Commander In Chief.
You can read the president's official Proclamation in its entirety below:
The White House Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 28, 2010
Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
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