- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2013

President Obama on Friday officially proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, while still recognizing that “more needs to be done.”

“My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality,” the president wrote in his proclamation. “We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners.”

“And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world,” he continued. “We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. … We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped.”

The president added that his administration will continue to support a “fully inclusive” Employment Non-Discrimination Act as well as the Respect for Marriage Act.

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