White House Declares LGBT Month
Special Report - June 2, 2009
In keeping with his administration’s support of the homosexual rights movement, President Barack Obama issued an official White House proclamation yesterday, declaring June, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.” The annual event for LGBT activists and their allies, which often features marches and parades in cities across the country, is held to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, which is considered a landmark event that launched the homosexual rights movement. This June marks 40 years since Stonewall, and the first time in nine years that a U.S. President has officially recognized “LGBT Pride Month.” President Bill Clinton issued the first White House Proclamation on the event in June 2000.
In his proclamation, President Obama credits homosexual, bisexual and transgendered Americans with making “great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society.” After noting that “more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before,” he states, “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.”
President Obama goes on to list the various initiatives he has launched to further the agenda of the LGBT movement, including working with the United Nations towards the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide, supporting “measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans,” such as “enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights,” and ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The White House proclamation concludes by encouraging “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.”
In related news, President Obama recently nominated homosexual activist, Kevin Jennings to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, in the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Jennings is a former public school teacher from North Carolina, who founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a pro-homosexual advocacy group. Jennings, who helped start the nation’s first state-funded pro-homosexual safe schools program in Massachusetts in 1993, has successfully used the “safety” issue to promote the normalization of homosexuality in schools. Under his leadership, GLSEN has been behind efforts in a growing number of states to pass laws that force school systems to add pro-homosexual language to their anti-bullying/school safety policies. Homosexual advocacy groups in North Carolina are currently working to get a pro-homosexual anti-bullying law (SB 526School Violence Prevention Act) enacted that would create special protections for LGBT individuals. For the latest on this bill, see our recent story.
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