Barack Obama
The latest on Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States and the first black president to be elected. His influence concerning the LGBT rights movement has been detrimental in furthering equality. Under his presidency, the first openly gay U.S. courts of appeal was elected and he also nominated the six openly gay judges serving at the federal court level. In 2011 Barack Obama's administration repealed the DADT policy and the following year he formally stated he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders
May 03 2014 12:37 PM ET

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders

Trudy Ring

The Daily Beast reports that some big LGBT donors to President Obama's election campaigns have been barred from entering Russia.

Biden Supports Antibias Order; Will Obama Take Action?
May 01 2014 2:19 PM ET

Biden Supports ENDA Exec. Order — Will Obama? 

Trudy Ring

The vice president says he sees no disadvantage to a presidential executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.

Study: Marriage Initiatives Enticed Liberal Voters in 2012
May 01 2014 1:19 PM ET

Study: Marriage Initiatives Enticed Liberal Voters in 2012

Michelle Garcia

Ballot initiatives to establish marriage equality in three states and reject a ban in another drove voters to the polls in 2012.

New Book: Biden Pushed Obama on Marriage Equality
April 16 2014 6:05 PM ET

New Book: Biden Pushed Obama on Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Vice President Joe Biden's marriage equality endorsement in 2012 was no trial balloon, but it forced the president to take a pro-equality stand, says the new book Forcing the Spring.

WATCH: Bishop Robinson Talks 'OMG' Moment at WH Prayer Breakfast
April 15 2014 4:51 PM ET

WATCH: Bishop Robinson Dishes on His Presidential 'OMG' Moment

Trudy Ring

Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, says it was a surprise when President Obama asked him to lead the closing prayer at the event, but a privilege too.

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia in Brussels Speech
March 27 2014 1:55 PM ET

WATCH: Obama Affirms LGBT Rights, Denounces Russia

Trudy Ring

'We believe in human dignity — that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from,' the president tells European youth.

Rachel Maddow Blasts Critics of Obama's 'Funny or Die' Interview
March 14 2014 2:10 PM ET

Maddow Blasts Critics of Obama's Funny or Die Interview

Ran Aubrey Frazier

The MSNBC host pushed back against commentators who have claimed Obama degraded the presidency by appearing on Between Two Ferns.

Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over
March 01 2014 1:15 PM ET

Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over

Michelle Garcia

While addressing his party on Friday, President Obama condemned the discriminatory nature of religious freedom bills.

PHOTO: Obama, White House Thank Edie Windsor
February 14 2014 4:35 PM ET

PHOTO: Obama, White House Thank Edie Windsor

Sunnivie Brydum

President Obama met this week with Edie Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian whose landmark case at the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

At National Prayer Breakfast, Obama Condemns 'Twisted' Antigay Religion
February 06 2014 5:05 PM ET

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Condemns 'Twisted' Antigay Religion

Michael O'Loughlin

The president condemned 'twisted' religion that harms gay people.

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?
February 03 2014 1:00 PM ET

Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

Michelle Garcia

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

President Obama Makes a Jab at Putin in SOTU
January 28 2014 10:32 PM ET

President Obama Makes a Jab at Putin in SOTU

Lucas Grindley

Obama said the Olympics will show the U.S. commitment to "dignity and equality" for LGBT people.

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics
December 17 2013 6:34 PM ET

Obama, Biden Won't Be at Olympics

Trudy Ring

In a move interpreted as a protest of Russia's antigay laws, neither the president, the vice president, nor their wives will be in the U.S. delegations to Sochi, but some out athletes will.

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