President Obama Delivers Powerful Message To LGBTQ+ Community During Stonewall Celebration

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to attendees at the second Obama Foundation summit at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Chicago on November 19, 2018. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

President Obama Delivers Powerful Message To LGBTQ+ Community During Stonewall Celebration

“The struggle and triumph for LGBTQ rights shows how protests and politics go hand in hand.”

Published June 26th

Written by BET Staff

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To celebrate Pride Live’s third annual Stonewall Day which promotes awareness and support for the ongoing fight for LGBTQ rights, former President Barack Obama delivered a powerful message as the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising approaches. 

"Because of the movement they sparked and the decades of work that followed, marriage equality became the law of the land five years ago, and just this month the Supreme Court ruled that employers can no longer discriminate against LGBTQ workers," says Mr. Obama. "The struggle and triumph for LGBTQ rights shows how protests and politics go hand in hand, how we've got to both shine a light on injustice and translate those aspirations into specific laws and institutional practices."

His impactful words are just one of many as other guests including Billy Porter and Cynthia Erivo are scheduled to make guest appearances. 

Pride Live’s Stonewall Day, honors the 1969 protests and demonstrations that took place at Stonewall Inn in New York City to fight police violence against the LGBTQ community and started the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement. 

The Stonewall Day event will be hosted live on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages at 12:45 PM EST. Funds will be raised for four LGBTQ+ organizations: Brave Space Alliance, TransLifeline, TransLatin@Coalition, and the Ally Coalition.

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Former President Barack Obama will deliver a special message during the Pride Live Stonewall Day streaming event this Friday (June 26). 

Celebrating the 51st anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in 1969, the commemoration will fall on the groundbreaking 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, according to Rolling Stone.

Our forever Potus will be followed by special guests and performers including Pride Live board president Dr. Yvette C. Burton, actress Cynthia Erivo, Donatella Versace, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Ke$sha, Demi Lovato, Christian Sirano, and more.

Trans advocate and model Genna Rocero is scheduled to host the event. 

The third annual Stonewall Day event will air on Logo’s Facebook and YouTube pages kicking off at 12:45 PM EST. 

All proceeds from the virtual event will be donated to LGBTQ organizations affected by COVID-19. 

On the eve of the Pride Live event, Pose stars Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez will participate in a three-hour virtual march and rally for the “She’s a Riot” event, in support of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and LGBTQ people of color. 

(Photo by: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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