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Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

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Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month | The White House

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 through acts of compassion or defiance we have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union.
My Administration has advanced our journey by signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal protections against crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides life saving medical services and support to Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and finally eliminated the HIV entry ban. I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions.
In other areas, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a series of proposals to ensure core housing programs are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. HUD also announced the first ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders.
Much work remains to fulfill our Nation's promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits. We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment. I am also committed to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.
As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of our founding principles. Our Nation draws its strength from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the greater whole. By affirming these rights and values, each American benefits from the further advancement of liberty and justice for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA
 

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Gutsy move.
 

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Gutsy move.

*Congress is gong to repeal DADT.

*Perry v. Schwarzenegger is on its way to SCOTUS.

*George Rekers and Westboro Baptist Church are becoming the face of anti-gay bigotry. (and one was in the closet)

I think he's timing it just right. Like Kennedy with Civil Rights, he's easing the country in the right direction--leading by example.
 

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I demand a low self esteem month for all those who take pride in their respective months and for all those who's fight for their own month is still going on.
 

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While I don't like the idea of having special months or years for various worthy causes and think the whole idea is rather stupid (does LGBT Pride month mean that people should stop fighting discrimination and bigotry when the month is over?) I certainly like that a US president is reaching out to the LGBT community and tries to fight prejudice and bigotry. It is a move in the right direction.
 

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Definitely a positive step, it's good to see.
 

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This is stupid. So when are they going to make a pride month for those that holds traditional religious values? This is utter crap coming from the White House.
 

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No, it's not, that's the typical bigot's answer when Caucasians demand equality.

Really? You have been denied housing and a job based on being a white. I have a gay relative who had to move away from this town when she came out just to be able to get a job and a place to live.

How often are you called the equivalent of "fag" and queer"? Are you told that your lifestyle is an "abomination"? Are you going to burn in hell for your choice in partner?
 

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I dont think this warrants having a special month.
 

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No, it's not, that's the typical bigot's answer when Caucasians demand equality.

lol...

When you learn what bigotry actually means, then we can have this conversation.
 

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Every "month" that celebrates the unique qualities of ethnicity, race or sexual orientation divide us. I often wonder why the "color blind" "melting pot" left supports this societal deliniation.
 
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I will only support this if on every day hott lesbians hook up with each other on the streets so we can all watch.
 

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Every "month" that celebrates the unique qualities of ethnicity, race or sexual orientation divide us. I often wonder why the "color blind" "melting pot" left supports this societal deliniation.

Because you misunderstand the notion of "colorblind". The law should be colorblind(which explains my distaste for hate crime laws by the way). There is nothing wrong with people taking pride in their ethnicity and origins, be they of Irish descent, or black, or gay. Some groups have had a particularly hard time within our lifetimes, and there is nothing wrong with pointing out that yes, you are OK, you can be proud of who you are. The goal is also to work towards not needing things like a gay pride month, that gay people will not need to have it pointed out that yes, you can take pride in what you are.
 

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Because you misunderstand the notion of "colorblind". The law should be colorblind(which explains my distaste for hate crime laws by the way). There is nothing wrong with people taking pride in their ethnicity and origins, be they of Irish descent, or black, or gay. Some groups have had a particularly hard time within our lifetimes, and there is nothing wrong with pointing out that yes, you are OK, you can be proud of who you are. The goal is also to work towards not needing things like a gay pride month, that gay people will not need to have it pointed out that yes, you can take pride in what you are.

Once it has been given it cant be taken away or those it is being taken away from will freak the **** out.
 

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Because you misunderstand the notion of "colorblind". The law should be colorblind(which explains my distaste for hate crime laws by the way). There is nothing wrong with people taking pride in their ethnicity and origins, be they of Irish descent, or black, or gay. Some groups have had a particularly hard time within our lifetimes, and there is nothing wrong with pointing out that yes, you are OK, you can be proud of who you are. The goal is also to work towards not needing things like a gay pride month, that gay people will not need to have it pointed out that yes, you can take pride in what you are.

I agree. It's all about bringing awareness to individuals, communities, etc. If there wasn't so much hate, the need for awareness and education and "special" months would never exist.

:2wave:
 

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Because you misunderstand the notion of "colorblind". The law should be colorblind(which explains my distaste for hate crime laws by the way). There is nothing wrong with people taking pride in their ethnicity and origins, be they of Irish descent, or black, or gay. Some groups have had a particularly hard time within our lifetimes, and there is nothing wrong with pointing out that yes, you are OK, you can be proud of who you are. The goal is also to work towards not needing things like a gay pride month, that gay people will not need to have it pointed out that yes, you can take pride in what you are.

Agreed, also agree with your hate crime opinion too.
This is one great and positive step in the right direction, kudos Mr. Pres
 

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I don't pay much attention to proclamations given to "special" groups. I agree with one poster that said such a thing can divide us. At times, all it does is add fuel to the fire. To each his own. There are bigger issues facing America than this.
 

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What I would give to be a Gay Black Female.........Think of how protected I would be.
 

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What I would give to be a Gay Black Female.........Think of how protected I would be.

How about a gay, black, poor, single femal with a disablity that has kids then youd really be protected, whats even worse is that even today that person NEEDS protected and if given the choice some of them would gladly pick to be a white male? hmmm go figure :)
 
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