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THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release June 1, 2012LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2012- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONFrom generation to generation, ordinary Americans have leda proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and fullequality under the law -- not just for some, but for all. Oursis a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, andadvocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate andhope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to buildfor themselves and their families a Nation where no one is asecond-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all ofus are free to live and love as we see fit.The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentallyAmerican story. From brave men and women who came out and spokeout, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, toactivists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marchedon Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what onceseemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduringlegacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible,and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom forall Americans.Since I took office, my Administration has worked tobroaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playingfield for LGBT people and communities. We have fought to securejustice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.,Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to endhousing discrimination based on sexual orientation and genderidentity. We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBTpatients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable CareAct, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be ableto deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay,bisexual, or transgender. Because we understand that LGBTrights are human rights, we continue to engage with theinternational community in promoting and protecting the rightsof LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed "Don'tAsk, Don't Tell," gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can servetheir country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing theirjobs because of whom they love. And because we must treatothers the way we want to be treated, I personally believe inmarriage equality for same-sex couples.More remains to be done to ensure every single American istreated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or genderidentity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its

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