Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender "pride month," which occurs in June to commemorate the Stonewall uprising in New York City on June 27, 1969.
The proclamation's most specific portion states:
My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a
wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined
efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the
world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full
spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include
enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights
for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring
adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy
in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.
We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both
reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support
services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.