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A Gay Pride Proclamation by the President of the United States ~ Barack Obama




For more than two centuries, our Nation has  struggled to  transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding  promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and  transgender (LGBT)  Americans and their allies have been hard at  work on the next great chapter of  that history -- from the  patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement to  service  members who can finally be honest about who they love to brave  young  people who come out and speak out every day..

This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a  moment of  great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done.  Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which  understands  that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  "injustice anywhere is a  threat to justice everywhere." In the  past year, for the first time, voters in  multiple States  affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and  local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections  for transgender Americans..

LGBTQ White House My  Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward  LGBT equality. We  extended hate crimes protections to include  attacks based on sexual orientation  or gender identity and  repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We lifted the HIV  entry ban  and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients.  Together,  we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying  faced by LGBT students,  prohibited discrimination based on  sexual orientation and gender identity in  Federal housing, and  extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier  this  year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women  Act (VAWA)  that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual  orientation or gender  identity in the implementation of any  VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT  rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever  Federal  strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world..

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but  our work  is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive  Employment  Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for  Marriage Act. My  Administration continues to implement the  Affordable Care Act, which beginning  in 2014, prohibits insurers  from denying coverage to consumers based on their  sexual  orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS  Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV  epidemic among  certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way  to go, but if we continue on  this path together, I am confident too that one day soon, from coast to coast,  all of our young people  will look to the future with the same sense of promise  and  possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent,  passion, and  commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and  I know that when voices are  joined in common purpose, they  cannot be stopped..

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 2013 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 thirteen,  and of the Independence of the  United States of America the two hundred and  thirty-seventh..


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