Obama Declares June LGBT Pride Month

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Obama Declares June LGBT Pride Month

Obama released a proclamation calling for the country to complete the work necessary to provide equal rights for the LGBT community.

Published June 2, 2014

President Obama is moving forward in efforts to push for equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in America. In a proclamation, released on May 30, Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month. He also called on other countries to join in defending the rights of LGBT people universally. 

The proclamation states:

My Administration proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights. Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals. Despite this progress, LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And in the years ahead, we will remain dedicated to addressing health disparities within the LGBT community by implementing the Affordable Care Act and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy -- which focuses on improving care while decreasing HIV transmission rates among communities most at risk.

Read full proclamation here.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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