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Obama announces expanded safeguards for transgender workers

Monday, June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama, left, with first lady Michelle Obama, speaks during a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday at a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month. At least two other measures already prevent the federal government from firing people for being transgender ...

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Obama moves to ensure FMLA applies to married, same-sex couples

Friday, June 20, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday. President Barack Obama is directing the Labor Department to start drafting rules...

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Harvey Milk ‘Forever’ stamp presented in White House dedication ceremony

Thursday, May 22, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Today, on what would have been Harvey Milk’s 84th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a commemorative stamp in honor of the slain gay rights activist, who becomes the first openly LGBT elected official to be featured on a U.S. stamp.

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Plaintiffs challenging Fla. gay marriage ban to attend White House Easter event

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Vanessa (left) and Melanie Alenier.
A lesbian couple who are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same marriage, have been invited to participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their 5-year-old son.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
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.

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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.

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Obama to honor LGBT activist Bayard Rustin, astronaut Sally Ride

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (left) and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
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.

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