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Obama Declares June Pride Month, Urges Amercans to Eliminate Prejudice Everywhere

Obama Declares June Pride Month, Urges Amercans to Eliminate Prejudice Everywhere

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The White House proclamation reiterates the successes LGBT Americans have had this year, but still calls for an end to violence and workplace discrimination.

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LGBT Americans got more support from the White House yesterday when President Obama declared the month of June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month via a proclamation that also called on people to eliminate prejudice against LGBT people. Obama said that as progress spread across the states, "as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect -- our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people."

The president reiterated that LGBT workers in many states can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and again urged Congress to "correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act." He also did a callout to other nation's to support the "universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters."

President Obama and his wife Michelle will also host a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride month on June 30.

Read the full LGBT Pride Proclamation here.

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Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall is the CEO of Pride Media, and editorial director of The Advocate, Out, and Plus magazine. She's the winner of numerous awards from GLAAD, the NLGJA, WPA, and was named to Folio's Top Women in Media list. She and her co-pilot of 30 years, transgender journalist Jacob Anderson-Minshall penned several books including Queerly Beloved: A Love Across Genders.
Diane Anderson-Minshall is the CEO of Pride Media, and editorial director of The Advocate, Out, and Plus magazine. She's the winner of numerous awards from GLAAD, the NLGJA, WPA, and was named to Folio's Top Women in Media list. She and her co-pilot of 30 years, transgender journalist Jacob Anderson-Minshall penned several books including Queerly Beloved: A Love Across Genders.