Obama Cites Progress at Gay-Pride Reception


TIME

President Obama takes pride all that his Administration has accomplished for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. At a reception celebrating Pride Month at the White House on Wednesday, he listed off a series rights and protections the LGBT community has gained under his watch.

“Together, we ended ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We passed a historic hate-crimes bill named in part after Matthew Shepard. We lifted the HIV entry ban, and this summer, we’re going to be updating our national HIV/AIDS strategy, which will focus on eliminating disparities that gay and bisexual men and transgender women face,” Obama said to bouts of raucous applause.

Under his tutelage, Obama said Wednesday, the Violence Against Women Act was expanded to protect LGBT victims and LGBT federal workers have gained protection against employment discrimination. As of Tuesday, he noted, federal workers’ insurance will no longer inhibit gender transitions.

Still the President couldn’t avoid…

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