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Press Release

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, 2009

By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation

June 1, 2009

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

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Comment by: Jenny (San Francisco CA) Sun., Jun. 14, 2009 at 6:17 am EDT
Although I know that 23 years is a long time to wait, I urge you to continue to be patient on the same sex marriage issue. We know that the populace at large is finally beginning to have a change of heart about this issue. And I trust that the man we put in the White House is indeed on our side and will do the right thing in time. I wish you and your family the very best.
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Comment by: Pete (Birmingham,Alabama) Thu., Jun. 4, 2009 at 10:39 am EDT
Now if only he will make all these words a reality, the gay populace will be able to live our lives with out fear .
Now be it as the term for gay unions be called just that or marriage doesn't matter to us (we are a couple now of 23 years, living without the rights and benefits of legal "marriage." Nothing would make us any happier than to be able to legally call each other husband, just as much as two lesbians could call each other life than to be able to have the same exact rights and privileges as hetero couples have for many a year taken for granted: social security survivors benefits, Va benefits, et al.
Being part of a serio-diverse couple hasn't been an easy road to traverse, but we have managed to do it even with all the pitfalls along the way have been able to meld our two families into one rather extensive one even tho I have Aids, they still love us for the couple we have become not what others perceive us to be.
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