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Obama proclaims June 2009 is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month


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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.

hivaidsMy 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.

Barack Obama




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3 Responses to “Obama proclaims June 2009 is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”

  1. Scott Beasley Says:
    June 2nd, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Why doesn’t he just make an executive order granting civil unions and domestic partnerships all the same rights as married couples? I’m not sure how much “teeth” an executive order has, but apparently its enough to close Gitmo. He talks about “rights” and is in a perfect position to grant them.

  2. Bill Larson Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    Bill Larson

    Most likely because Congress has already passed a law delegating that decision to the states. Some would argue that Congress did not have the right to do that as it was already a state right under the 10th amendment and/or that the action was unconstitutional as it would violate one or more of the 9th, 10th, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

  3. Scott Beasley Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, but “states rights” don’t apply to things such as a Federal Income Tax return where one can file “jointly as a married couple”. It seems an executive order could solve this or the traditional method of Congress making it into law is another option. The problem there, is Republicans don’t care enough to write such a law and the Democrats are too busy screaming “equality”, they can’t see the forrest for the trees.


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