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In what is likely a first, the White House produced a Pride-themed video featuring prominent LGBTQ+ individuals sharing their coming out tales.
Biden administration officials produced the video last week during their Pride event at the White House, which attracted LGBTQ+ politicians like Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mondaire Jones; the event included the president signing legislation designating the Pulse site in Orlando a national memorial.
The Pride video, titled "A Pride Month Message," highlights up-and-coming out notables like Delaware state senator Sarah McBride, Long Beach, Calif., mayor Robert Garcia, Team USA Triathlete Chris Mosier, activist Ashton Mota, and Lt. Col. Bree Fram.
The testimonials described the fear and anxiety of coming out -- and the jubilation of living authentically that eventually followed.
Virginia legislator Danica Roem put it simply: "If someone is going to love you, they need to love who you are, not who you think they want you to be."
Watch the video below: