President Obama’s weekly address focuses on LGBT progress and Stonewall National Monument
President Barack Obama’s weekly address focuses on the LGBT equal tights movement and the designation of the Stonewall National Monument.
Below is the full video but here is an excerpt:
Over the past seven years, we’ve seen achievements that would have been unimaginable to the folks who, knowingly or not, started the modern LGBT movement at Stonewall. Today, all Americans are protected by a hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is history. Insurance companies can no longer turn you away because of who you are. Transgender Americans are more visible than ever, helping to make our nation more inclusive and welcoming for all. And one year ago this weekend, we lit the White House in every color – because in every state in America, you’re now free to marry the person you love.
There’s still work to do. As we saw two weeks ago in Orlando, the LGBT community still faces real discrimination, real violence, real hate. So we can’t rest. We’ve got to keep pushing for equality and acceptance and tolerance.
But the arc of our history is clear – it’s an arc of progress. And a lot of that progress can be traced back to Stonewall.