President Obama Declares June as National LGBT Pride Month
May 29, 2015 – “We are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities — that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us — and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law”
President Obama declared June 2015 National LGBT Pride Month with a national press release and event last Friday. This year’s proclamation highlights some of the current administration’s victories along with the work that lies ahead. One such victory was the landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, which provided protections for Federal contractors against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. “The Federal Government is now leading by example,” said Obama.
The Administration also supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors, is taking the steps to address unique challenges facing transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, recognizes that families come in many shapes and sizes and the importance of acceptance against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, is addressing the issues of LGBTQ youth homelessness, the need for affordable and welcoming housing for our elders, and the importance of ensuring overall equal access to housing throughout life. Obama also addresses updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden on our communities, and the need to continue extending family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
“During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue to work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.”
To read the full proclamation click here.