Skip to comments.Presidential Proclamation-- (June) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
Posted on 06/01/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT by TaraP
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.
I think JUNE should be:
*Obama is a Whack-Job Month*
I’ll get right on it, Islamobama.
As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities.
So Obama thinks that GLBT are initials that signify of new races? They are behaviors. Not some sort of new race of people. All behavior should not be treated equally.
Ha, just mentioned this in the Hannity thread. Didn’t know if anyone had posted about it.
Now do they do classroom activities around this? When do we get Heterosexual pride month?
What are they so proud of?
He can take his proclamation and .... it
I do think its interesting to know how much good stuff those democrat constituencies contributed to the building of America while at the same time anyone with traditionally American perspective were nothing but arrogant bigots.
Well, just as long as we don’t have a National Day of Prayer.
Maybe the Transgender thingy is a new race...
I am not a boy nor a girl..I am a Transgender and deserve to be noticed!
What a bunch of loons!
Hm. I’m sure ‘o’ will be partying all month long. Can you imagine (ugh - vomit) the parties ‘o’ will host ... ?!
My brother and my wife will so exited to find that their birth month is now "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month"
Obama flunked biology.
Not to be offensive here...
But did Obongo ride the Short Bus?????
The Constitution specificaly denies HIM any authority as President.
Amen to that!
Coming next June: Polygamy month.
After all, if you can marry anyone, then why not two or more? And when will the bestiality barrier come down? After all, who are we to judge? And of course, if everyone is created equal, and has equal rights, then children must not be excluded. They must be allowed to be full participants in our society, and therefore age of consent barriers must fall too, again because to judge would be to infringe on someone’s rights.
If the line isn’t drawn at social conventions that have stood for centuries, if not millennia, then you can’t draw them anywhere, because someone out there will feel it’s their right to live some particular way.
The Gaystapo gets more power every day...
Yep. The votes just keep flowin’ away like a river. Hell O is going to be the best thing that ever happened to conservatism.
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