President Barack Obama recently issued a proclamation declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month and “recommitting” to completing the work that remains.
“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,” said Obama.
The president acknowledged the strides we’ve made from striking down a key provision in the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to prohibiting discrimination in housing and hospitals. He also noted that in too many states LGBT workers 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,” he added.
This is the sixth consecutive year he has issued the proclamation. Read the full statement here.