Skip to comments.Obama again declares June 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month'
Posted on 05/31/2011 5:17:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
Painting the LGBT experience as the story about the struggle to realize that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law, Obama highlighted the steps his administration has taken for gay rights, including passing the repeal of the dont ask, dont tell legislation and giving the LGBT community more access to federal housing programs.
Obama made the same proclamation in June 2010, picking up where President Bill Clinton left off in 2000, when he marked the month Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.
President George W. Bush angered many gay rights activists by saying no to the June celebration, and then-Attorney General John Ashcrofts Justice Department barred a group of employees from celebrating the month.
June was chosen in honor the 1969 Greenwich Village riots at the Stonewall Inn where gay rights advocates clashed with New York City police over alleged discrimination.
Obama noted his administrations efforts to prevent bullying, especially of gay people, and to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS virus within LGBT circles.
The gay community does not, however, have the month to themselves. Obama also proclaimed June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month and Great Outdoors Month.
The story of Americas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Since taking office, my Administration has made significant progress towards achieving equality for LGBT Americans. Last December, I was proud to sign the repeal of the discriminatory Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy. With this repeal, gay and lesbian Americans will be able to serve openly in our Armed Forces for the first time in our Nations history. Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized.
My Administration has also taken steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans in Federal housing programs and to give LGBT Americans the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Federal workplace will not be tolerated.
I have continued to nominate and appoint highly qualified, openly LGBT individuals to executive branch and judicial positions. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration stands with advocates of equality around the world in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the international system. We led a global campaign to ensure sexual orientation was included in the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial execution the only United Nations resolution that specifically mentions LGBT people to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and my Administration has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.
At home, we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are also working to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth.
My Administration is actively engaged with educators and community leaders across America to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that bullying is a harmless or inevitable part of growing up, the First Lady and I hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in March.
Many senior Administration officials have also joined me in reaching out to LGBT youth who have been bullied by recording It Gets Better video messages to assure them they are not alone.
This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has had a profound impact on the LGBT community. Though we have made strides in combating this devastating disease, more work remains to be done, and I am committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
Last year, I announced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. This strategy focuses on combinations of evidence-based approaches to decrease new HIV infections in high risk communities, improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduce health disparities.
My Administration also increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention, and to invest in HIV/AIDS-related research. However, government cannot take on this disease alone. This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.
Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward 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 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
OH, pulleeaasseee...don’t give him any more ideas....Plus, I believe MAY is commie month....May Day and all....
Who cares what sub zero declares?
It will never be LGBT anything in my house. Never.
Their proud...As hairy 50 year old men kiss and hump each other, while freaks undergoing Frankenstein surgical procedures, parade down main street wearing diapers and waving flags bearing insects...
This man has now sprinted past Jimmy Carter into 1st place on the list of WORST Presidents ever. Even Jimmah didn’t go here!
Of course he does.
He is trying to destroy the nation and, as Lenin knew, you destroy the minds of the children and create sexual confusion and force dysfunction and destruction of the natural family, so they have no support system, except for nanny government.
Homosexual rights and NOW were started by two communists to deconstruct the family unit—destroy the patriarchy (men)—because virtuous men are the reason why our nation was such a huge success and why our military (Christian) was superior to all other militaries.
Make the Bible hate speech because he has no respect for it....only the koran...which encourages sodomy of boys. He thinks that book is beautiful.
when will he state he wants bestiality rights and month after all every argument these sicko’s use can be used for their kind of sex
Those in the rubber chicken fetish community and the dirty underwear sniffing organizations are filing a protest with the White House, since they're groups were not included.
Is this to provide cover for Biden’s choice of weekend getaways?
June 1942 And now for something completely different: Gay Hero At Battle of Midway
And there was that little soiree at Normandy beach, June 1944 ....
But let’s get back to the usual 0 foolishness, like the “dignity” of, say, felching in June 2011.
You are spot on! I will add a few more things that their lifestyle choices can bring shameful consequences:
Anal Cancer, Chlamydia trachomatis, Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, Herpes simplex virus, Human immunodeficiency virus, Human papilloma virus, Isospora belli, Microsporidia, Gonorrhea, Viral hepatitis types B & C, and Syphilis. All are a result of the psychotic defense mechanism called denial. Many of these diseases are passed on to the rest of the population.
For less than 1% of the population. Dispicable.
In 1986 I was at a USAF Dining In. The Chief stood up and proclaimed “AIDS: Another Infected D**k Sucker!”, to a round of applause. He then went on to proclaim the future whereby we taxpayers will pay through the nose to fix the mess the sodomites were creating.
Didn't he have that ship named after Cesar Chavez during
Let’s combine it with Ramadan.
“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 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”
Coming from him, that’s a mouthful.
You got all the articles I was going to ping.
One thing I’ve noticed but I haven’t had time to read all comments etc lately is there seem to be far fewer on FR supporting the “gay” agenda, especially fewer claiming there isn’t one.
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