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.