The President Of the United States issues LGBT proclamation!

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    Jun 02, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Posted on Myspace by my buddy Darryl Stephens (Thanks D!)

    From the White House:
    LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009

    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.
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    Jun 02, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    I admit I am surprised not to see this posted here already, even though the majority of Obama threads have had more negative posts than positive. I am sure there will be those posts here as well.

    Here are a couple of the comments left on Darryl's page, both pro and somewhat con:

    Con: "Thanks, I voted for you and I appreciate what you're doing ....but it's not enough! "Don'r ask, Don't tell" is still in effect...WHY??? ... and Civil Unions???? Really???? By the way, when are you start prosecuting the bushit administration for eight yrs. of LIES and LAW BREAKING????"


    Pro: "Wow. A President of our United States put together a speech addressing LGBT and named a month honoring LGBT. That is an historic occasion.

    This has got to be one of the most inclusive Presidents we have ever had. He is tired of political in-fighting that only ends in a Dead End. The People are the ones he is interested in helping. When he said he would reach his hand across the aisle he wasn't kidding. He is reaching his hand across EVERY aisle, barricade, obstacle and crossing bridges others wouldn't dare or refused to cross and building bridges where there wasn't one before. He is even extending his hand out to adversaries to help find common ground. He is just asking EVERYONE to unclench their fists and open their hands, hearts and minds.

    Yah know.... Obama has a plan, but we should all know by now that he doesn't make quick decisions until he has as much information/knowledge as he can gather. He also consults with many on how to proceed. The elimination and/or modification of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is most-likely not just something he can wave a magic wand at and make go away.

    He has a plan. Let's give him time. This man has a full plate. The above letter is awesome and speaks volumes of what kind of man Barack Obama is. It directly points to his character. And, although he has a lot of FLASH he has even more SUBSTANCE."


    And for good measure a middle of the road one: "I'm not exactly sure what this means. Is this an acknowledgement for this month, this year or is it going to be an annual thing? Is it going to be like Christmas, Black History Month, or even St. Patricks Day? Just curious. I do like that he lets Americans know that he is on our side, but its hardly enough to get the ball rolling. We need results. It's a shame that this is even an issue at all. Nonetheless, thx for posting I probably would not have read this otherwise. I really dont like politics and Im sure you can guess why."
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    Jun 02, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    This is enormous!!!

    as usual, thanks Erik!!


    It's amazing to be alive here and now to see this happen.


    Can we commemorate?

    A woman on the radio talked about revolution
    when it's already passed her by
    Bob Dylan didn't have this to sing about you
    you know it feels good to be alive
    I was alive and I waited, waited
    I was alive and I waited for this
    Right here, right now
    there is no other place I want to be
    Right here, right now
    watching the world wake up from history
    I saw the decade in, when it seemed
    the world could change at the blink of an eye
    And if anything
    then there's your sign... of the times
    I was alive and I waited, waited
    I was alive and I waited for this
    Right here, right now
    I was alive and I waited, waited
    I was alive and I waited for this
    Right here, right now
    there is no other place I want to be
    Right here, right now
    watching the world wake up from history

    Right here, right now
    there is no other place I want to be
    Right here, right now
    watching the world wake up from history
    Right here, right now
    there is no other place I want to be
    -Jesus Jones


    from us guys
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    Jun 02, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
    hmmm...I dont care for the support for civil unions...bet he wouldnt have liked "separate but equal"

    and what's with the "year of our lord"??? ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 4:39 AM GMT


    ...one step at a time...
  • DrewT

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:34 AM GMT
    In Albuquerque we are having a memorial for GLBT people which will be the 2nd such memorial in the United States, the 1st being in New York City. I'm stoked for that.
  • calibro

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    Umm... are you really trying to tell me all this hoopla is because he made June LGBT month? The time when no schools are really in session? What a perfect way to bypass the fact that he hasn't done anything for the LGBT community by making a parade for us! Because African Americans didn't want equal rights, they wanted Black History Month! This is a cop-out, and I could care less if I have a month in honor of whom I love. I mean, how great is it that instead of having equal rights, we now have a month devoted to the examination of why we don't have equal rights. I know a bunch of you will see this as progress, but this to me is a smack to the face as a way he is trying to appease the LGBT community that is rightfully angry at him. Sorry, no dice.
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    Jun 02, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    Tough crowd, huh.

    Seriously, like MeninLove said, it's one step at a time...
  • ep83

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:51 AM GMT
    More pretty words. He is fantastic at making statements, but as must always be the case with politicians, especially ones that speak with flourish, you have to look to substance and beyond that to action. Words are cheap and can make people happy, "Oh, he cares about us and wants to help." However, as we've seen on torture, Iraq, health care, secrecy, and a host of other issues, he says one thing and does the exact opposite, blinding his supporters with platitudes. Sure this is more than we would have gotten out of Bush, but at this point it remains mere words. I imagine that there will be little action taken on the big issues (DOMA and DADT). You can say "He really wants to but can't," but that gives the opposition too much credit and lets Democrats off the hook too easily. If you want to stand for something at some point you have to ACT, not just speak.

    I don't see this as signifying much of a change, but I'll be happy for him to prove me wrong.
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    Jun 02, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    jprichva saidOh my, this certainly makes up for reversing course on DADT and DOMA.

    Proclamations are cheap.


    I completely agree. I keep hoping he does something grand on the anniversary of Stonewall. I'm thoroughly disappointed with his gay rights activities.
  • calibro

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    Jun 02, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    RyanReBoRn saidTough crowd, huh.

    Seriously, like MeninLove said, it's one step at a time...


    I'm a little tired of being told one-step at a time. I'm not some child that needs to be patient and I'll understand when I grow up. This is my life and I'm being unfairly treated because of it. In fact, I wish all you "one-step at a timers" would stop being so complacent. I think if everyone in this country were up in arms lunatic mad about these issues, we'd see some change, but people like Obama can get away with it because we say one-step at a time. Well, frankly, I'm done with that logic. Nothing is going to change if we sit quietly on sidelines.
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    Jun 02, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    like meninlove said, "one step at time", jeez. you can't expect change over night guys. icon_rolleyes.gif


    at least he is trying. and those of you who say he isn't. you try bring president and talk to the world about gay rights... you'd be shot down so fast it's not even funny.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    lilZ saidlike meninlove said, "one step at time", jeez. you can't expect change over night guys. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Let's see... from the day Clinton promised to allow gays to serve openly in the military, how many nights has it been?
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    calibro said
    lilZ saidlike meninlove said, "one step at time", jeez. you can't expect change over night guys. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Let's see... from the day Clinton promised to allow gays to serve openly in the military, how many nights has it been?


    Forgive me, but Obama is not Clinton.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    lilZ said
    calibro said
    lilZ saidlike meninlove said, "one step at time", jeez. you can't expect change over night guys. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Let's see... from the day Clinton promised to allow gays to serve openly in the military, how many nights has it been?


    Forgive me, but Obama is not Clinton.


    Funny, both sound alike on a lot of the same issues, and both seem to have done nothing about them.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    calibro said
    lilZ said
    calibro said
    lilZ saidlike meninlove said, "one step at time", jeez. you can't expect change over night guys. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Let's see... from the day Clinton promised to allow gays to serve openly in the military, how many nights has it been?


    Forgive me, but Obama is not Clinton.


    Funny, both sound alike on a lot of the same issues, and both seem to have done nothing about them.



    Obama has been in office for what? Going on 5 months. Clinton had 8 years. Like I said, change will not happen in that short of time. At least he is taking a step in the right direction. What have you done?
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    lilZ said


    Obama has been in office for what? Going on 5 months. Clinton had 8 years. Like I said, change will not happen in that short of time. At least he is taking a step in the right direction. What have you done?


    Me? I voted for the dude who promised change. And now that he is not delivering it, I'm raising hell about it because if all I do is keep my mouth shut, then all anyone has to do is make a fancy proclamation, give us a month, and then we'll never speak up against this stagnancy. Stop making excuses for the man. It's not just this. It's the war, it's Gitmo, it's a lot of things that he ran on and then turned coat on.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    As a citizen of this country, I listened to every single word he said and was present when he made his acceptance speech as the nominee and as president-elect. Clearly stated, before when the question was put to him, he said he personally believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. His personal take. When asked directly about a national ruling on gay marriage (also before he was elected), he said he thought the states should decided. Both BEFORE he was elected. Personally, while everyone is entitled to you take on President Obama, don't get it twisted. You knew where he stood before you voted for him, if you did. I certainly did. But what I also took from his speeches and answers to those questions was that he is open to discussion on these issues and he had NOT backtracked on that. And quite frankly, I am more concerned with the economy and healthcare than I am about him making ink strokes of executive orders that would really only effect the federal level of employees.

    When are people in general actually going to get off the f*cking keyboards and do something? All this complaining and not a single viable solution. What are you doing in your own states to forward the progress of gay rights? What are you doing to forward the reversal of DOMA and DADT? The President can not do everything and he certainly won't do everything, at the very least without just cause. If we really want these things, we are going to have to do it from the ground level and move up from there. Continue to hold the president accountable as we all should, but do so in a condusive and constructive manner about what should be done and how is should happen. Not since Clinton has there been a call by a president to have the people so involved.

    Ok,that was my rant for the day.....icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:18 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidAs a citizen of this country, I listened to every single word he said and was present when he made his acceptance speech as the nominee and as president-elect. Clearly stated, before when the question was put to him, he said he personally believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. His personal take. When asked directly about a national ruling on gay marriage (also before he was elected), he said he thought the states should decided. Both BEFORE he was elected. Personally, while everyone is entitled to you take on President Obama, don't get it twisted. You knew where he stood before you voted for him, if you did. I certainly did. But what I also took from his speeches and answers to those questions was that he is open to discussion on these issues and he had NOT backtracked on that. And quite frankly, I am more concerned with the economy and healthcare than I am about him making ink strokes of executive orders that would really only effect the federal level of employees.

    When are people in general actually going to get off the f*cking keyboards and do something? All this complaining and not a single viable solution. What are you doing in your own states to forward the progress of gay rights? What are you doing to forward the reversal of DOMA and DADT? The President can not do everything and he certainly won't do everything, at the very least without just cause. If we really want these things, we are going to have to do it from the ground level and move up from there. Continue to hold the president accountable as we all should, but do so in a condusive and constructive manner about what should be done and how is should happen. Not since Clinton has there been a call by a president to have the people so involved.

    Ok,that was my rant for the day.....icon_biggrin.gif


    Except he did run on the platform of reversing DOMA and DADT. And stop belittling the effect of something on a federal level. Why doesn't he lead by examples if he truly has convictions and sign as many executive orders as he can to right as many injustices at the federal as possible? People seem to be so committed to the idea of inspiration that they are willing to forgive him for this junk. Well sorry, I don't care about his dogs, his dates, or what his wife is wearing. I want the platform he ran on and what I voted for.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:20 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidAs a citizen of this country, I listened to every single word he said and was present when he made his acceptance speech as the nominee and as president-elect. Clearly stated, before when the question was put to him, he said he personally believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. His personal take. When asked directly about a national ruling on gay marriage (also before he was elected), he said he thought the states should decided. Both BEFORE he was elected. Personally, while everyone is entitled to you take on President Obama, don't get it twisted. You knew where he stood before you voted for him, if you did. I certainly did. But what I also took from his speeches and answers to those questions was that he is open to discussion on these issues and he had NOT backtracked on that. And quite frankly, I am more concerned with the economy and healthcare than I am about him making ink strokes of executive orders that would really only effect the federal level of employees.

    When are people in general actually going to get off the f*cking keyboards and do something? All this complaining and not a single viable solution. What are you doing in your own states to forward the progress of gay rights? What are you doing to forward the reversal of DOMA and DADT? The President can not do everything and he certainly won't do everything, at the very least without just cause. If we really want these things, we are going to have to do it from the ground level and move up from there. Continue to hold the president accountable as we all should, but do so in a condusive and constructive manner about what should be done and how is should happen. Not since Clinton has there been a call by a president to have the people so involved.

    Ok,that was my rant for the day.....icon_biggrin.gif


    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:22 AM GMT
    lilZ said
    ErikTaurean saidAs a citizen of this country, I listened to every single word he said and was present when he made his acceptance speech as the nominee and as president-elect. Clearly stated, before when the question was put to him, he said he personally believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. His personal take. When asked directly about a national ruling on gay marriage (also before he was elected), he said he thought the states should decided. Both BEFORE he was elected. Personally, while everyone is entitled to you take on President Obama, don't get it twisted. You knew where he stood before you voted for him, if you did. I certainly did. But what I also took from his speeches and answers to those questions was that he is open to discussion on these issues and he had NOT backtracked on that. And quite frankly, I am more concerned with the economy and healthcare than I am about him making ink strokes of executive orders that would really only effect the federal level of employees.

    When are people in general actually going to get off the f*cking keyboards and do something? All this complaining and not a single viable solution. What are you doing in your own states to forward the progress of gay rights? What are you doing to forward the reversal of DOMA and DADT? The President can not do everything and he certainly won't do everything, at the very least without just cause. If we really want these things, we are going to have to do it from the ground level and move up from there. Continue to hold the president accountable as we all should, but do so in a condusive and constructive manner about what should be done and how is should happen. Not since Clinton has there been a call by a president to have the people so involved.

    Ok,that was my rant for the day.....icon_biggrin.gif


    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!



    And I sincerely doubt sitting here kissing his ass is this call to action you alluded to. After all, the civil rights demonstrators didn't want to upset Kennedy and Johnson.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    You just don't get, cool. Agree on disagreeing.
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    ErikTaurean saidAs a citizen of this country, I listened to every single word he said and was present when he made his acceptance speech as the nominee and as president-elect. Clearly stated, before when the question was put to him, he said he personally believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. His personal take. When asked directly about a national ruling on gay marriage (also before he was elected), he said he thought the states should decided. Both BEFORE he was elected. Personally, while everyone is entitled to you take on President Obama, don't get it twisted. You knew where he stood before you voted for him, if you did. I certainly did. But what I also took from his speeches and answers to those questions was that he is open to discussion on these issues and he had NOT backtracked on that. And quite frankly, I am more concerned with the economy and healthcare than I am about him making ink strokes of executive orders that would really only effect the federal level of employees.

    When are people in general actually going to get off the f*cking keyboards and do something? All this complaining and not a single viable solution. What are you doing in your own states to forward the progress of gay rights? What are you doing to forward the reversal of DOMA and DADT? The President can not do everything and he certainly won't do everything, at the very least without just cause. If we really want these things, we are going to have to do it from the ground level and move up from there. Continue to hold the president accountable as we all should, but do so in a condusive and constructive manner about what should be done and how is should happen. Not since Clinton has there been a call by a president to have the people so involved.

    Ok,that was my rant for the day.....icon_biggrin.gif


    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!



    And I sincerely doubt sitting here kissing his ass is this call to action you alluded to. After all, the civil rights demonstrators didn't want to upset Kennedy and Johnson.


    Who said anything about ass-kissing? I think someone is here to just start drama? Wouldn't be the first time, I've heard. LOL
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    Observing from Canada, we feel a lot has happened since your new Prez took office. If change comes too swiftly, won't there be a backlash?

    aurevoir made a very good post:

    "It's something. I think BO understands the difficulty in addressing the issues facing gays and lesbians. I'm partial to the idea that he really is for same-sex marriage, but knows that it's currently a contentious cultural issue that would lose him some support. Maybe it's the same way with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


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    Jun 02, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
    Despite the fact that we still have a way to go, it is good to be acknowledged in a positive light.

    But as it is the gay pride season, I am placing the emphasis where it belongs. This is not about the President or politics, this is about Gay people everywhere that put up with all kinds of crap and still keep moving forward. Our forward momentum owes itself to all those who have come out before us to tell the world we are better than what they think of us.

    And also to all the people who have suffered indignities, beatings, imprisonment, mutilation, and murder for the past 1700+ years, we owe a continued momentum. Even though in this country we have more rights than ever, in other parts of the world, imprisonment and death is still possible. So to all those struck down and silenced whether it be in a concentration camp or in a dark alley or in a small town somewhere, I choose to remember them because maybe there was no one to stand up for them .. and they might otherwise be forgotten. If they could see the freedom and opportunities we now have here now, I am sure they would be very pleased.

    Being as out as we can be, not ashamed of who we are, and standing up on our own two feet is what it is all about. No matter who may let us down in the straight world, we should never let ourselves down. We owe it the the next generation of gay people to pass on a little history of where we have been, but be proud and hopeful.

    No one else can be proud for us!