This is LGBT month, what we affectionately refer to as Jolly June. For thirty days, our nation officially observes the continued fight of our American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered community. This past Friday (May 30), President Obama spoke on the strides we’ve made in recent years:
“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.”
This marks the fifth year all labels (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) have been included in the declaration. Our president is an avid fighter for gay rights and gender equality continued:
“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. ”
With pro athletes coming out of the closet and the WNBA launching campaigns with the LGBT community, we’ve certainly come a long way from our conservative views, but still have a long stretch of challenges ahead. As we launch LGBT month, check out celebs with ‘family’ in the family.
Her best friend Po Johnson and cousin Dice are both openly gay.
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