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During Pride Month, President Obama Vows to Make Progress on LGBT Issues

By Becky Allen

June 28, 2010

"The fact that we've got activists here is important because it's a reminder that change never comes, or at least never begins, in Washington. It begins with acts of compassion -- and sometimes defiance -- across America." These were the opening words from U.S. President Barack Obama as he spoke at the White House's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride Month Reception on June 22. Obama took the opportunity to defend the progress his administration has made for LGBT rights, and to outline additional measures he's striving towards:

Obama concluded his speech optimistically, praising young LGBT people -- particularly activists -- for standing up for themselves and their rights. "I believe because of them that the future is bright. It's certainly bright for them," Obama said. "And I want you all to know that as this work continues, I'm going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you, fighting by your side every step of the way."

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