Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2010, 32079-32080 [2010-13672]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 108 / Monday, June 7, 2010 / Presidential Documents 32079 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8529 of May 28, 2010 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2010 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities. Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise. An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equality on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This month, as we recognize the immeasurable contributions of LGBT Americans, we renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists. LGBT Americans have enriched and strengthened the fabric of our national life. From business leaders and professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline. They are our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, and our friends and neighbors. Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are serving at every level. Thanks to those who came before us—the brave men and women who marched, stood up to injustice, and brought change through acts of compassion or defiance—we have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union. My Administration has advanced our journey by signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal protections against crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides life-saving medical services and support to Americans living with HIV/ AIDS, and finally eliminated the HIV entry ban. I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PRESDOCD2 In other areas, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a series of proposals to ensure core housing programs are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. HUD also announced the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders. Much work remains to fulfill our Nation’s promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits. We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment. I am also committed to ending ‘‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’ so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Jun 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\07JND2.SGM 07JND2 32080 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 108 / Monday, June 7, 2010 / Presidential Documents As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of our founding principles. Our Nation draws its strength from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the greater whole. By affirming these rights and values, each American benefits from the further advancement of liberty and justice for all. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. 2010–13672 Filed 6–4–10; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Jun 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\07JND2.SGM 07JND2 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PRESDOCD2 Billing code 3195–W0–P

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 108 (Monday, June 7, 2010)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-13672]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 108 / Monday, June 7, 2010 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8529 of May 28, 2010

                
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride 
                Month, 2010

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are 
                created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, 
                and opportunities. Since our earliest days of 
                independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that 
                promise. An important chapter in our great, unfinished 
                story is the movement for fairness and equality on 
                behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 
                (LGBT) community. This month, as we recognize the 
                immeasurable contributions of LGBT Americans, we renew 
                our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for 
                LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice 
                wherever it exists.

                LGBT Americans have enriched and strengthened the 
                fabric of our national life. From business leaders and 
                professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT 
                individuals have achieved success and prominence in 
                every discipline. They are our mothers and fathers, our 
                sons and daughters, and our friends and neighbors. 
                Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are 
                serving at every level. Thanks to those who came before 
                us--the brave men and women who marched, stood up to 
                injustice, and brought change through acts of 
                compassion or defiance--we have made enormous progress 
                and continue to strive for a more perfect union.

                My Administration has advanced our journey by signing 
                into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate 
                Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal 
                protections against crimes based on gender identity or 
                sexual orientation. We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, 
                which provides life-saving medical services and support 
                to Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and finally 
                eliminated the HIV entry ban. I also signed a 
                Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving 
                Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the 
                compassion and security they deserve in their time of 
                need, including the ability to choose someone other 
                than an immediate family member to visit them and make 
                medical decisions.

                In other areas, the Department of Housing and Urban 
                Development (HUD) announced a series of proposals to 
                ensure core housing programs are open to everyone, 
                regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 
                HUD also announced the first-ever national study of 
                discrimination against members of the LGBT community in 
                the rental and sale of housing. Additionally, the 
                Department of Health and Human Services has created a 
                National Resource Center for LGBT Elders.

                Much work remains to fulfill our Nation's promise of 
                equal justice under law for LGBT Americans. That is why 
                we must give committed gay couples the same rights and 
                responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and 
                repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. We must protect the 
                rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption 
                rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT 
                Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal 
                benefits. We must create safer schools so all our 
                children may learn in a supportive environment. I am 
                also committed to ending ``Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' so 
                patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our 
                military, and I am working with the Congress and our 
                military leadership to accomplish that goal.

[[Page 32080]]

                As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much 
                to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is 
                unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of 
                our founding principles. Our Nation draws its strength 
                from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the 
                greater whole. By affirming these rights and values, 
                each American benefits from the further advancement of 
                liberty and justice for all.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, 
                Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon 
                all Americans to observe this month by fighting 
                prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and 
                everywhere it exists.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
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[FR Doc. 2010-13672
Filed 6-4-10; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3195-W0-P