Obama Declares June National Gay Pride Month

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Obama Declares June National Gay Pride Month

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



Comments [2]

karrr's picture

i can't believe he's already

i can't believe he's already in his second term!

Erika Davis's picture

Happy Pride Velvet Park!!

This will be my third NYC Pride and I'm so excited!  Last year I attended Queens Pride and the Dyke March in addition to the Pride March in Manhattan.  I'm pumped for a repeat this year-and Brooklyn Pride, too!

As far as Obama and what he's doing about Gay Rights..it is taking a lot of time but I'm happy with the progression that he's made-especially in comparision to the last 8 years.

I'm always intrigued by what we're doing to help our cause and the cause of other minority peoples.  When I think of Women's Liberation, the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall those causes were so grass-roots, in your face, hell no we won't go! Arm-in-Arm, We shall overcome sit ins, fighting, flowers, peace and solidarity for a common cause. 

I've personally attended only a few rallys in NYC-especially after Prop 8 but as a whole I feel sort of ashamed that I'm not doing more-yet expecting SO much from others.  It's definitely a rant but I always find myself asking what more can I do.

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