As he did last year, Obama today declared June "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." But this year the announcement comes as Congress began moving to repeal the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy used by the US military when dealing LGBT service members.
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-- From "Obama: June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month" by Jon Garcia, ABC News 5/28/10
President Obama hailed the Congressional moves, writing in a statement: “Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.”
The LGBT Pride Month proclamation declares that Americans “renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists.”
Obama also listed the policies he’s pursued to benefit the LGBT community, including the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and anti-discrimination laws.
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Read from official White House website: Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month