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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

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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
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-LGBT-Pride-Month/

When is Straight Month and White Person Month coming? Oh wait, that would be racist and whatever the "ist" for not being gay is
 

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Wow, fuck that bullshit. I was born in June..im 100% straight. This is fucking bogus:werd:
 

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LOL @ straight month and white person month

yeah really - if other ppl can bitch and get dedicated months, how come there aren't straight/white ppl months?

I guess thats good for those who wanted it though...:dunno:
 

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I have a few gay cousins and a gay aunt... I don't have a problem with it but I really don't like the fact its an entire month
 

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I like how everyone gets a month that starts on the 1st and ends on last day of said month. For us *******, we start on the 15th of one month and end on the 15th of the following month. WTF?!
 

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could have more specific stuff for days too...
like pole smokin day, carpet eatin day.. etc etc.... not just a general gay/lesbian month hahaha
 

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When is straight month? If there is a GAY MONTH... where is my god damn STRAIGHT month. If everyone wants to be created as equal... then i want it to be equal and calibrate my Hetero Sexuall Month.
 

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To all of you whining about everything that has its own month, im not :queer: by the way, think about how quick it fades out...you'll barely notice it by the 3rd year. White people have the cake already, its basically white people day everyday lol open your :eek3:
 

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To all of you whining about everything that has its own month, im not :queer: by the way, think about how quick it fades out...you'll barely notice it by the 3rd year. White people have the cake already, its basically white people day everyday lol open your :eek3:
That's a load of crap... We all know that White people will be the minorities soon... You open your eyes.
 

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hahah so true.. so true..

There was a girl that I work with here and she said she's Korean.. I asked her were she was born and she said Canada.. so I said shut up your Canadian and she was all offended saying "Do I look canadian??"

Well here in Toronto .. uh yeha.. I'm more of a minority.. dumb bitch... lol
 

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This is soo stupid . . homosexually is LEARNED not something you're BORN WITH . . I can see black history month and other awareness months, but this is a joke:dunno:
 
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