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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


To honor LGBT Pride Month, US President Barack Obama released a proclamation.

The White House issued the statement on May 29th 2015.
It starts by connecting the fight for LGBTI equality with the country's history.

'Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution,' the proclamation says. 'Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society.

'But 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.'

The president points to the highlights in his administration, from prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation to calls for a ban on conversion therapy.

'...I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.'

Obama doesn't shy from the remaining work for the gay community: homelessness for LGBTI youth, supportive housing for  'older individuals,' and an update of the country's plan to address HIV/AIDS.

The statement ends with the following:

'...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 our 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.'


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