2014 WH Proclamation For LGBT Pride Month

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May 30, 2014

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2014

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

As
progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the
courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity
and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more
equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and
fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

Last
year, supporters of equality celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to
strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling
which, at long last, gave loving, committed families the respect and
legal protections they deserve. In keeping with this decision, my
Administration is extending family and spousal benefits — from
immigration benefits to military family benefits — to legally married
same-sex couples.

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.

Our
commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far
beyond our borders. In many places around the globe, LGBT people face
persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is
unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in
defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.

This
month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn
defied an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor
every brave leader who stood up, sat in, and came out, as well as the
allies who supported them along the way. Following their example, let
each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity — because if
hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.

NOW,
THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws
of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.  I call upon the people of the
United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to
celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN
WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of May,
in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

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