September 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Obama to keynote HRC annual dinner

President Obama (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

President Obama is set to keynote the annual dinner for the Human Rights Campaign in the wake of the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

On Wednesday, HRC announced that Obama would speak before an anticipated 3,000 attendees at the organization’s 15th Annual National Dinner on Oct. 1 in D.C. The event will take place at the Washington Convention Center.

“We are honored to share this night with President Obama who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”

It isn’t the first time Obama — or a sitting U.S. President — spoke at the HRC dinner. Obama previously spoke at the dinner in 2009. In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Well HRC does it again kissing Obama’s ass. The gay community should boycott HRC as well as Obama! Obama played politics with DADT dragging out this matter for his political gains and many of us in the gay community as well as HRC are too stupid to see that, SUCKERS!

  • Instead of playing “Hail to the Chief” maybe HRC should have him march to the podium to strains of Dusty Springfield’s Wishin’ and Hopin’…..

  • Well once again these self loathing gays are complaining about all President Obama has done for them as not enough. The man has done more for our community than any other President in History, yet for some it’s not enough. I thank him and am glad he’s speaking at the HRC dinner.

    • He has done nothing for me! The only change in my ststus as a gay man is that my investments and my salary have both taken a hit. No vote for this guy, although I will be present, I will not support.

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