White House Asks Pride NW to Share President’s Pride Message

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

Every year President Barack Obama has been in office, he has declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” He is only the second president to make such a proclamation (President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in 2000). This year, President Obama made sure the message reached the Portland LGBTQ community (in case we weren’t paying attention). According to the folks at Pride NW, the White House called to ask them to publicize his Pride Month greeting during Portland Pride week.

In his message, President Obama calls attention to LGBTQ activists like Harvey Milk, as well as “the unsung heroes, the millions of LGBT Americans for whom everyday acts have required extraordinary courage.” He gave the LGBTQ community and big ol’ pat on the back, crediting us with “bend[ing] the arc of the moral universe towards justice.” (Hey, thanks Mr. President!)

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