Tuesday, June 2, 2009


From the official White House release:

"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."

Earlier in the release:

"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."

Read the full release at The White House web site and post your comments here on The Gayborhood Times!


Anonymous said...

why did I have to hear about this on Facebook? Why didn't NPR cover the event in the news?

Anonymous said...

In the air of "being fair" as everyone seems so inclined to trying to be, how about a straight pride month as well? I see declaring a month as a pride month is just silly... Not just about this but about other things as well. But, if we're going to do it, in the air of "equality," shouldn't we also have a "stright pride month" as well?

Anonymous said...

*straight. Sorry, my clicker got ahead of my proofread. haha. :)