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Obama to Speak at HRC Dinner


President Barack Obama will address attendees of the Human Rights Campaign's annual fund-raising dinner Saturday night as thousands of LGBT activists descend this weekend on Washington, D.C., to register their discontent with his administration's lack of action on LGBT issues.

HRC announced the appearance in a press release Monday afternoon. Sources familiar with the president's schedule confirmed to The Advocate a report that surfaced on The New York Times website Monday morning.

"We are honored to share this night with President Obama, who has called upon our nation to embrace LGBT people as brothers and sisters," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese. "It is fitting that he will speak to our community on the night that we pay tribute to his friend and mentor Senator Edward Kennedy, who knew that as president, Barack Obama would take on the unfinished business of this nation -- equal rights for the LGBT community, and for every person who believes in liberty and justice for all."

Robert Gibbs is likely to announce the president's appearance at the White House press briefing Monday at 1 p.m.

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