President Barack Obama used his constitutional authority to proclaim the month of June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month on Wednesday, as he has done every year in office.
The news was released on the White House website on Tuesday, and comes just weeks before the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that granted all LGBT people the right to marriage equality.
"LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them," Obama wrote. "Despite the extraordinary progress of the past few years, LGBT Americans still face discrimination simply for being who they are."
This time, though, Obama made specific note of how his administration had helped push forward LGBT rights during his time in the White House.
In his proclamation, he spoke to helping LGBT individuals find housing, opposing conversion therapy, tackling HIV/AIDS risks and his executive order to prohibit "discrimination against federal employees and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."
"There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American," he wrote. "But because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts — that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character."
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