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Obama Issues Pride Month Proclamation

Jim Burroway

June 1st, 2011

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation last night declaring the month of June the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month:

The story of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

…Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward liberty and justice for all.

President Obama’s declaration also notes that this June marks the 30th anniversary of the known AIDS epidemic (we now know that AIDS had already been killing people for many decades before it was reported by the CDC in 1981), and urges a recommitment to AIDS awareness. “This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.”



June 1st, 2011 | LINK

That ought to set the religious idiots on the screaming trail. And the bigotted Republicans screaming also About we shouldn’t have any rights according to their Hate Filled Supposed Bibles!!

enough already
June 1st, 2011 | LINK

This is the receipt for the too-early endorsement by the HRC.

No movement on anything which really matters like ENDA or marriage.

No promise to restore our civil and human rights.

One need not read between the lines, we are getting less here than nothing.

Thanks, HRC. My gayATM is still shuttered for anybody but those Democrats who have proved their value to me as a gay man.

As for the rest – well, pull off New York and I’ll give you 60 seconds to convince me otherwise.

Ben in Atlanta
June 1st, 2011 | LINK

“and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all”

That’s all I’m asking for. I don’t need a list. I already know what’s on it.

June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

If memory serves the WH had a site like this before but they took it down to avoid being embarassed and to pander to the bigot vote.

Obama remains adamantly opposed to our equality so it hardly matters whether he or his Republican opponent, who’ll also oppose equality, wins or loses. In any case our fight will be won by mass campaigns and mass actions, like the 2009 NEM, the March on Washington which led to the almost immediate passage of the tepid, even for liberals, hate crimes bill.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 vote for socialist or labor (if Trumka unleashes the Labor Party) candidates or join the millions of smart voters, about a third of all eligible voters, who’ll just sit it out rather than give their votes to either party of bigots. (Unless something like Prop 8 is on the ballot and then do vote on that.)

Instead of voting for bigots who oppose our right to marraige our energy should be put to constructive uses building more mass actions and campaigns for a comprehensive and inclusive Civil Rights Amendment. Even an inclusive ENDA, with all its weaknesses, would be a big step forward.

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