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THIS IS VERY EXCITING!

Got this from my dad (emphasis mine):

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

___________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION



Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration -- in both the White House and the Federal agencies -- openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

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.

NOW, THEREFORE, 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

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triannamaxwell
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw this on ontd_politics this morning (got the memo at work yesterday), and everyone on the community is complaining that they want Obama to immediately repeal DADT, etc. I understand their anguish but I am tots down with this excuse to rally/party/getting press. Did you hear Cheney's statement that he's cool with gay marriage, it just has to be decided by inidivual states? I get states' rights thing but that... marriage is a federal statute, so do you want to repeal that to a state level thing too? Because otherwise then the "equal protection" clause of the Constitution kinda gets ignored...

Silly politics.
melayneseahawk
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think Cheney's trying to appease his daughter. :P

A repeal of DADT isn't simple; there's still a lot of conservativism (how is that not a word?) in the military. Something like this is a simple way for him to show support without taking too much time away from trying to fix the economy and the war and Gitmo and healthcare and...I think you get my point.
triannamaxwell
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Holla. I hope it means we have Rainbow-focused events here like we have for the African-American History and Asian-American History months. That reminds me, I need to make rainbow cake.
melayneseahawk
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Heh. That would be awesome. I suspect there won't be much of anything this year, but next year perhaps.

Oh! Random. I need to go shopping, and should probably be hauling out to Monty Mall to do it. Want to come with? I really don't like going shopping with my family. Plus, shopping is supposed to be done with one's friends, anyway.
triannamaxwell
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I wish I could this weekend. I am going to be there Saturday to get the Macbook looked at, but Josh has been grumbling he hasn't had me alone in awhile, and unfortunately he's right. So I'm obliging him this weekend. What are you looking to buy?
melayneseahawk
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Lingerie, though I'm going to look at the department stores to see if I can get stuff cheaper than Vickie's. I also probably need more nice shirts, pending getting this job. *crosses fingers*
sidlj
Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Awesomely cool! \o/
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