Once again, President Obama and the First Lady show that they are the most LGBT-friendly couple the White House has ever seen. They have endorsed same-sex marriage repeatedly, condemned the dangerous practice of ex-gay therapy, and President Obama himself has slapped down hateful right wing “Christians” for their anti-gay rhetoric.
Well, now, our awesome POTUS and FLOTUS have released an official statement commemorating and celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The White House released this statement on Saturday regarding the Obamas and their celebration of the occasion:
Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia… We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.
We work toward this goal every day. Here at home, we are working to end bias-motivated violence, combat discrimination in the workplace, and address the specific needs of transgender persons. Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach.
There is much more to do, and this fight for equality will not be won in a day. But we will keep working, at home and abroad, and we will keep fighting, for however long it takes until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.
This is so important, especially considering the human rights abuses happening with regards to LGBTQ people both in the U.S. and around the world. For instance, in Uganda, both citizens and people in positions of authority openly admit to raping lesbians and killing gay men. Right here in America, we have people blaming the LGBTQ community for everything from economic problems to natural disasters.
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When hateful, fear-mongering rhetoric, and even legal discrimination and violence are the order of the day for a marginalized group of people like the LGBTQ community, it is a huge and validating thing to have the leader of the free world speak up in our favor in so many different, meaningful, and official ways. Thank you, President Obama and First Lady Obama. You are truly champions for those who sincerely need you.
As of this year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated in more than 130 countries. Sadly, in 37 of those countries, relations between people of the same sex are still illegal and punishable by law.
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