OBAMA INVOKES TONY McDADE, TRANS MAN KILLED BY POLICE, IN SPEECH

Former President Barack Obama today delivered a message of sympathy and a call to action regarding police violence against Black Americans. He did so in opening an online town hall hosted by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance titled “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence.” He invoked the names of African-Americans…

OBAMA: GAY RIGHTS IN ONE OF THE ‘BIG HITS’ OF MY PRESIDENCY

President Barack Obama has described LGBTI rights as one of the biggest ‘hits’ of his presidency. The US president was reflecting as he enters into the last 18 months of being commander in chief, saying he believes he has made the country better than when he first took office. Speaking to Marc Maron on his…

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS HOSTING A PRIDE EVENT @ THE WHITE HOUSE

The Washington Blade reports that Obama will host the event commemorating June as Pride month. The reception will take place on 24 June. LGBT receptions have been held at the White House since 2009, and are often used by leading rights advocates to push the President on a range of issues. The latest reception will be held around…

US PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUES A GAY PRIDE MONTH PROCLAMATION

To honor LGBT Pride Month, US President Barack Obama released a proclamation. The White House issued the statement on May 29th 2015. It starts by connecting the fight for LGBTI equality with the country’s history. ‘Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal…

OBAMA TO APPOINT LGBT RIGHTS ENVOY

Barack Obama is to create a new envoy role within the State Department, to promote LGBT rights around the world. The US President is expected to announce later this month that he will appoint the first LGBT rights envoy. According to an official within the State Department, the envoy will be an openly gay Foreign…

OBAMA: CONSTITUTION ‘DOES GUARANTEE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN ALL 50 STATES’

President Barack Obama says he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marry for gay and lesbian couples. Obama’s comments come just weeks after the Supreme Court decided against hearing appeals in five cases challenging gay marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana, effectively legalizing such unions in 11 states. The president…

OBAMA OPENS INTERNATIONAL GAY GAMES WITH SURPRISE VIDEO MESSAGE

CLEVELAND — President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night. The president said the United States has come a long way…

WHITE HOUSE TO ISSUE GAY WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS ORDER

The White House is preparing to announce an executive order barring contractors doing business with the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. BuzzFeed.com quoted an unnamed White House official as saying: “Following on his pledge for this to be a year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans,…

OBAMA ISSUES PROCLAMATION DECLARING JUNE LGBT PRIDE MONTH

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama, declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, saying his administration “stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights.” “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…