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Harvey Milk stamp to be dedicated at White House ceremony on May 22

Friday, April 11, 2014
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk "Forever" stamp will take place at the White House May 22, the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday. [ Read more → ]

White House takes action in response to Uganda’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday said it was taking action in response to the recent passage of Uganda an anti-gay law, signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in January. [ Read more → ]

White House: U.S. reviewing relations with Uganda due to anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House says the United States is reviewing its relationship with Uganda because of the African nation's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry: ‘A tragic day for Uganda, all who care about the cause of human rights’

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secreatry of State John Kerry and the White House issued statements Monday denouncing Uganda president Yoweri Museveni's signing of a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, homosexual behavior. [ Read more → ]

White House, HHS to hold joint briefing on Obamacare and LGBT community

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday will host a joint briefing on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on LGBT Americans. [ Read more → ]
Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (left) and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Obama to honor LGBT activist Bayard Rustin, astronaut Sally Ride

Thursday, August 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will posthumously honor LGBT and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and Dr. Sally Ride, the first known LGBT astronaut, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. [ Read more → ]

At LGBT Pride reception, Obama urges ban on workplace bias against gays

Thursday, June 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. "I want to sign that bill," he said. [ Read more → ]

White House objects to ‘conscience protections’ added to defense bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a defense spending bill that includes so-called “conscience protections” that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline. [ Read more → ]
John Flesher, AP (file)Tim LaCroix, left, and Gene Barfield.

Mich. couple married on American Indian reservation invited to White House

Saturday, June 8, 2013
BOYNE CITY, Mich. — Two men who married one another on an American Indian reservation in Michigan, which bans same-sex marriage, have been invited to the White House. [ Read more → ]

White House to honor ten openly LGBT public officials on Harvey Milk Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House has released a list of ten openly LGBT public officials it will honor Wednesday as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.” [ Read more → ]
Sally Ride

Highest Presidential honor to be awarded posthumously to Sally Ride

Monday, May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will bestow a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to astronaut Dr. Sally Ride. [ Read more → ]

White House, Bill Clinton, pro athletes hail Jason Collins on coming out

Monday, April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]

White House considering executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

Monday, February 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House is said to be reviewing whether President Barack Obama should issue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
AP File

Separate but equal is never equal – Ever.

Sunday, January 27, 2013
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s LGBT Inaugural moment, however… Even though the President mentioned Stonewall along with Selma and Seneca Falls in the same sentence, he doesn’t really see gay marriage as a civil rights issue that needs to be helped along by the federal government. For the truth of the matter is, no matter what President Obama may say, and no matter where he is when he says it – he still believes that marriage equality belongs in the hands of the States. [ Read more → ]

U.S. ends civil society dialogue with Russia; harshly criticizes anti-gay law

Friday, January 25, 2013
The Obama administration said Friday it was pulling out of a civil society dialogue with Russia to protest the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent and new laws against nongovernmental organizations. It also harshly criticized Russia's parliament for advancing new legislation against "homosexual propaganda." [ Read more → ]
Jay CarneyFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

White House still says marriage not a federal issue

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney maintained on Tuesday that President Obama’s LGBT remarks in his inaugural speech weren’t an attempt to nationalize the issue of marriage. [ Read more → ]

Active duty Marine officer proposes to partner at White House reception

Monday, December 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- An active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer proposed to his same-sex partner during the annual Holidays Open Tour at the White House this weekend. [ Read more → ]
Jay CarneyFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

White House still withholding ENDA executive order

Thursday, December 6, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama is not currently planning to revisit the idea of issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers at the start of his second term. [ Read more → ]

White House commemorates World AIDS Day with Presidential Proclamation

Saturday, December 1, 2012
President Barack Obama on Friday issued this Presidential Proclamation in advance of World AIDS Day, an annual observance to raise awareness and commemorate those who have lost their lives to one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. [ Read more → ]

White House, Obama Administration mark 14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday marked the 14th annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day of remembrance of the people lost to anti-transgender fear, discrimination, and violence. [ Read more → ]
Chad GriffinPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

HRC to take part in White House talks with civic leaders

Friday, November 16, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign is set to take part in a White House meeting as part of a group of 13 civic leaders, the Washington Blade has learned. [ Read more → ]

Four more years: President Obama elected to second term

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama won re-election to the White House for a second term on Tuesday evening, according to major media outlets, bringing to an end a tumultuous campaign against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. [ Read more → ]
Jay Carney

White House staying out of Proposition 8 litigation

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to directly answer a question about whether the Obama administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take up litigation challenging California’s Proposition 8 or allow a lower court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban to stand. [ Read more → ]
HIV/AIDS activists tie red ribbons with condoms, empty pill bottles and other items to the White House fence.

Thirteen HIV/AIDS protesters arrested in front of White House

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Parks Police on Tuesday arrested 13 protesters who gathered in front of the White House. [ Read more → ]

White House to unveil report on international LGBT efforts

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a report summarizing the progress U.S. agencies have made in combating LGBT human rights abuses overseas, according to the White House. [ Read more → ]
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