Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obama’s Historic LGBT Inclusion

In President Obama’s State of the Union Speech his inclusion of our bisexual & transgender community while addressing human rights was historic stating, “That’s why we defend free speech & advocate for political prisoners & condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer." With marriage equality headed to the US Supreme Court Obama also called gay marriage a civil right stating, “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home. So I know the good & optimistic & big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper & our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.” The third mention of our LGBT community was in the conclusion of his speech stating, “I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity & worth of every citizen – man & woman, young & old, black & white, Latino & Asian, immigrant & Native American, gay & straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.” Winnie Stachelberg, Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for External Affairs stated, “The president’s historic inclusion of bisexual & transgender Americans in tonight’s speech is a reminder of how far we have come as a community & a country. We are ready to build on the progress that the president spoke of & to work to make the vision of a more just & equal America a reality.”
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