Tuesday, June 2, 2009

President Obama Declares June LGBT Pride Month

The White House has released the following proclamation honoring the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion and officially recognizes LGBT Pride:

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

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



Technogoddess said...

What a load of beautifully worded, shiny BS. Civil unions are not marriage, and we have yet to see this administration take action to end Don't Ask Don't Tell. Instead, the President and Vice President have BOTH gone on the record to say that they believe marriage is "between a man and a woman." We need some real leadership in the Democratic party.

Rev. Steve said...

Obama Proclaims June 2009 "LGBT Pride Month" Aaaahhh, I Feel All Better Now! Thanks Mr. President, but no one likes a cock-tease. More @ Rev. Steve's Cyber-Pulpit http://tinyurl.com/cymw44

Charlotte said...

Obama wishes us Pride. It's all talk & words.
When Will Obama Address Gay Civil Rights? In June??? If not Now, When???

mave said...

Actions speak louder than words.

Anonymous said...

it's a good start guys. chill.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've always wanted my own month...

Anonymous said...

"it's a good start guys. chill."

serious-fucking-ly. you all expect too much, too fast and too soon.
obviously we'd all love LGBT equal rights and gay marriage and all that good stuff and sorry to burst your bubble, but i'm sure the president has more important things on his priorities list.

Matt said...

I'm sure if the rights of any other minority group was taken away from them they wouldn't be chilling and they would make damn sure that was the most important issue on the Presidents PLATE!

WhiteDwarfStar said...

"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism." - Martin Luther King

Queers United said...

whitedwarf i never heard that quote, its amazing!

Anonymous said...

It's bull !!!! Mr. President, live up to your promises you made the gay community when you were running for President. I am not a second class citizen, and I will not sit by and accept that. - oh yes, and unless you plan on making that statement of what we must do to end the AIDS pandemic in everyone single one of your proclamations, then get it the hell out of this one. AIDS is not simply a gay disease.

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