Barack issues proclamation declaring June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”
Posted by danishova on June 2, 2009
Bill Clinton only recognized “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in 2000, so Barack is way more inclusive. Maybe it’s just me, but there is something jarring and about using the formal language of a Presidential Proclamation in this context:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
Barack also proclaimed:
These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
What benefit is that? If only my child were a Kindergartener living in Alameda County he’d “benefit” from learning about fictional gay penguins and “tolerance” and I’d have no “right” to opt out of the indoctrination sessions? What “founding principle” does this advance? Do I “benefit” by being called “homophobic”, “transphobic”, or a “bully” if I don’t embrace this indoctrination of young children, and become an “ally”? Does my child “benefit” from learning LGBT vocabulary words , and their B.S. definitions? Like this:
Gay: Both men and women are romantically involved in a
committed relationship with someone of the same sex
I search in vain for a definition of those who are not in “committed relationships”.
Or how about this one, which is so very ‘unempathetic’, as it appears to demonize a vast array of normal activities, such as cliques of catty girls, private clubs, sororities and fraternities, ‘liberal’ websites which “exclude” conservative commenters, and even schools and universities which have admission standards:
Exclude: Somebody who prevents one from entering or
participating. Somebody who prevents one from being
considered or accepted.
Meanwhile, if you want to benefit from Gay Pride parades this month (where presumably only people in “committed relationships” are participating), here’s the list.
Yep, as The Onion’s caption to this photo read, “ Participants in Saturday’s Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade, which helped change straight people’s tolerant attitudes toward gays”.
Via Michelle Malkin. Apparently this business of “turning our backs on discrimination and prejudice” needs some work. No doubt Barack will issue a proclamation in opposition to this thuggery any day now.
A group called WhoSigned.org says it will publicize the names of people signing petitions for Referendum 71, which seeks a public vote to overturn a new expansion of Washington’s same-sex partnerships.
WhoSigned.org says it’s partnering with the gay rights group KnowThyNeighbor.org to put the names online.
In a statement Monday, WhoSigned.org says it expects people who see the names online to contact the signers for what may be uncomfortable talks about gay rights.