May 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Obama to host White House Pride event on June 24
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President Obama is set to host Pride at the White House on June 24. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

President Obama is set to host a reception at the White House commemorating June as Pride month on June 24, the Washington Blade has learned.

The White House has hosted an event to observe Pride in each year of the Obama administration. The upcoming reception will mark the seventh such celebration at the White House.

In years past, LGBT advocates have used the occasion to press Obama on issues affecting the LGBT community. The first reception in 2009 was held amid displeasure over his administration’s efforts in defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court before Obama changed his position in 2011 and stopped defending the law.

At subsequent receptions, Obama was urged to hasten efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and sign an executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT job discrimination — both of which he accomplished.

The upcoming event will happen close to the time the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry across the country.

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

  • Thank you, Mr President!

  • That’s my Birthday!! Wish me and my Wife could attend. Great Job President Obama

  • I want to be invited…have a current background check on file. Won the Hank Fuhs Good Government award. Know Senator Debbie Stabenow, I’m a Democrat and love Barbara Streisand music. Enjoy your last few months in office sir. Job well done.

  • After 21 years together, thank you, Mr President, for helping to make it possible that my partner and I will finally legally get married this October.

  • Sounds great, except where’s my invitation?! I’m a 58 year old gay man, married since 2007, but with my husband since 1996. I am the generation who was too afraid to come out. I am so encouraged that we finally have a President who understands human rights fully! It’s not a choice, it’s who we are! Thank you Mr. President!

    • Too bad we he won’t be in office after next year. Let’s hope the next President is as supportive on GLBT as Obama. While you may all think Hillary is a sure thing, we should NEVER take anything for granted.
      Sadly we don’t have ENDA passed by the Congress and signed by this President. The Dems under Pelosi/Reid squandered a unique opportunity to get that passed with a President in office willing to sign it. But I guess we can also blame our own community for always finding an excuse to derail the passage of the legislation with an all or nothing mentality. Executive orders are only good while the President is in office. It’s a Band-Aid not a permanent solution.
      While it’s good DADT was repealed, ENDA would have provided greater protections for the community as we don’t all work for the US military. Pelosi should have allowed both to come to a vote.
      It would be nice to get comprehensive bill for employment, housing, public accommodations and services passed.

  • And of course, if a Republican wins the White House in 2016, he will continue with this annual tradition.
    Yeah, right !

  • I probably wouldn’t get past the background check. Peking Duck was a wild thang in the late 90s when our first Clinton was in office. But it sounds like a great event for the few lucky ones in attendance. And a great event for all of us to have such a supportive President and First Lady.

  • Thank you Mr. President! It falls on the 1st year anniversary of my wedding and also 4 years ago NY State legalized gay marriage and that was the day I proposed to my then husband-to be plus it is also my husband’s birthday. And the icing on the cake is, I have a letter and a card from the President and Mrs. Obama congratulating us on our union. It would be such a memorable occasion comes June 24.

  • President Obama has helped drive amazing progress for LGBT people, far more than any president before him. His extensive record speaks for itself. We’re about to reach an important milestone for the LGBT community – marriage equality. Hopefully in a few more days later this month, we can all celebrate this once and for all.

    But we’re not done yet! The next big ticket item would logically be ENDA. LGBT people in general are still oppressed, and trans people very oppressed, and establishing national law that ends this discrimination against all LGBT people should be our next big goal.

    To do that, we all have to help make it happen. For whatever reasons, in 2014, too many people stayed home and allowed the right wing to seize control of both the Senate and the House. If every single person who supports marriage equality and who also supports a nationwide ENDA law would get out and vote in 2016, we can take back the Senate and might even be able to take back the House.

    This should be the rallying cry of social progressives everywhere – take back Congress and keep control of the White House, so we can take the next step towards full equality before the law for all LGBT citizens.

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