DeRay Mckesson
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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 In 2011 Barack Obama's administration repealed the DADT policy and the following year he formally stated he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Speaking at a press conference, presidential spokesman Josh Earnest criticized transphobic laws that "seek to target and marginalize one small segment of the population."

April 13 2016 9:54 AM

The North Carolina law bars cities from passing inclusive antidiscrimination ordinances.

March 28 2016 5:49 PM

The president met with a group of Cuban dissidents during his historic trip to the island, including two LGBT activists.

March 23 2016 8:43 PM

The U.S. president cited equality for historically disadvantaged groups as one of the "enormous gains" of democracy.

March 22 2016 4:37 PM

This status "would honor LGBT history," Mayor Eric Garcetti tells President Obama.

March 21 2016 4:20 PM

The "Obamacare kid," who became know for speaking out for affordable healthcare after losing a parent due to lack of health insurance has come out as transgender. 

March 21 2016 9:20 AM

Before he checks out of the White House, the president just may get the last laugh.

March 17 2016 5:27 AM