Skip to comments.LGBT Pride Month at The White House (Obama speech video and transcript)
Posted on 06/29/2011 7:39:15 PM PDT by Clairity
This evening, President Obama spoke to LGBT grassroots and community leaders, youth champions and advocates from around the country at a White House event to observe LGBT Pride Month. Gay, Lesbian, bisexual, Transgender and allies that have been working in their neighborhoods, towns and states to bring about equality.
As the President said:
But I think it's important for us to note the progress that's been made just in the last two and a half years. I just want everybody to think about this. (Applause.) It was here, in the East Room, at our first Pride reception, on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a few months after I took office, that I made a pledge, I made a commitment. I said that I would never counsel patience; it wasnât right for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for folks to tell African Americans to be patient in terms of their freedoms. I said it might take time to get everything we wanted done. But I also expected to be judged not by the promises I made, but the promises I kept.
Now, let's just think about it. I met with Judy Shepard. I promised her we'd pass an inclusive hate crimes law, named after her son, Matthew. And with the help of Ted Kennedy and others, we got it done and I signed the bill. (Applause.)
I met Janice Lang-ben, who was barred from the bedside of the woman she loved as she lay dying, and I told her we were going to put a stop to that discrimination. And I issued an order so that any hospital in America that accepts Medicare or Medicaid â- and that means just about every hospital in America -â has to treat gay partners just as they have to treat straight partners. Nobody in America should have to produce a legal contract. (Applause.)
I said we'd lift the HIV travel ban. We got that done. (Applause.) We put in place the first national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS. (Applause.)
A lot of people said we werenât going to be able to get "don't ask, don't tell" done, including a bunch of people in this room. (Laughter.) And I just met Sue Fulton, who was part of the first class of women at West Point, and is an outstanding advocate for gay service members. It took two years through Congress -â working with Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates and the Pentagon. We had to hold together a fragile coalition. We had to keep up the pressure. But the bottom line is we got it done. And in a matter of weeks, not months, I expect to certify the change in policy â- and we will end "don't ask, don't tell" once and for all. (Applause.)
I told you I was against the Defense -- so-called Defense of Marriage Act. I've long supported efforts to pass a repeal through Congress. And until we reach that day, my administration is no longer defending DOMA in the courts. The law is discriminatory. It violates the Constitution. Itâs time for us to bring it to an end. (Applause.)
Earlier in the day, about 100 of the LGBT community leaders coming into town attended a two hour briefing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Administration officials from DOD, HHS, DOJ, HUD and the White House were on hand to walk through policy changes that impact the day to day lives of LGBT Americans. Find out more about those accomplishments at WhiteHouse.gov/LGBT.
Also today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has begun planning for the collection of LGBT health data.
All of this is part of the Presidentâs commitment to the LGBT community. When he spoke today, he talked about the âtransformation not just in our laws but in the hearts and minds of people -- the progress led not by Washington but by ordinary citizens.â
He went on to say:
It happens when a father realizes he doesnât just love his daughter, but also her partner. (Applause.) It happens when a soldier tells his unit that heâs gay, and they say, well, yeah, we knew that â- (laughter) -- but, you know, youâre a good soldier. It happens when a video sparks a movement to let every single young person out there know that theyâre not alone. (Applause.) It happens when people look past their differences to understand our common humanity.
This how this President sees America and how the LGBT community is part of the American dream.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event observing LGBT Pride month in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Do we want to give Obama 4 more years?
repugnant commie will do anything for a vote
The Secret Service must be grinding their teeth that they came from protecting Bush to this kenyan puke..
The White House needs to be thoroughly fumigated.
Every last room.
We have 3 wars going on, an imploding economy, people are losing their homes all due to the kenyan clown’s policies. So it begs the question , why all this homosexual crap all of the sudden? Oh wait, Hussein can’t run on his record so he needs a distraction.....never mind.
So when is Straight Pride Month?
“So when is Straight Pride Month?”
If someone would declare that, he/she would be called an intolerant bigot and worse...
Does anyone listen to him anymore?
Hmmmm. I don’t see a teleprompter.
This is not my country.
Does the Vatican grant political asylum? Seriously.
Most of the White House briefing areas now have plasma TV monitors at the back.
I was going to count how many times he said”I”,but I’m too tired.What a self absorbed loser.
Yeah, I've seen that. But looking at this room, a big screen monitor would have to be placed pretty far in the back.
I don't know. TOTUS may have had the night off!
So...they are proud...of what? Destruction of what family means? Destruction of the social moors that have held us strong for over 200 years? How about the dysfunction they bring to raising children in same sex homes? Maybe the President ought to show how he supports the perverted parades in the various liberal cities in America...I am sure may good pictures can be taken of our beloved President with all the men of those parades as just more WHOLESOME evidence of why it should be supported.
It is, perhaps, a subject with which he is sufficiently familiar.
How dare you be so hateful!
Takin’ one for the team...
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Yes, that's the President of the United States of America - glorifying Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender behavior. Behavior that is filthy, degrading, sickening, abhorrent, mentally ill, condemned by every religion, and causes innumerable horrible diseases and early death. And no one is born that way, they can change. Anyone who thinks Zero is a normal man is blind.
For the first time, in my adult life, I am NOT proud of my country.
Since when does the president determine if a law is Constitutional or not?
For real. I started to say, "This is truly un-fricken-believable." But, actually, it's not...considering all we've known about this Marxist since day one of his campaign. The real problem is, the ones who let him get away with it. If it advances their agenda, the Constitution goes out the window. "By any means necessary..."
The presidency has truly become a dictatorship. With the use of executive orders, combined with the ability to (apparently) just stop enforcing any law the president disagrees with, or sidestep those which are inconvenient (Libya, anyone?)...we’re no better off than Venezuela with our leadership. And the infuriating part: silence from Congress. Mostly silence from the people (most of whom have NO idea what is going on with their government).
But the horrific economy and the skyrocketing rates of unemployment are not important.Who cares about Pride Month?