President Obama on Wednesday spoke to LGBT grassroots and community leaders, youth champions and advocates from around the country at a White House event observing LGBT Pride Month.
Obama said, “What gives me hope is the deeper shift that we’re seeing that’s a transformation not just in our laws but in the hearts and minds of people — the progress led not by Washington but by ordinary citizens.”
“It happens when a father realizes he doesn’t just love his daughter, but also her partner.
It happens when a soldier tells his unit that he’s gay, and they say, well, yeah, we knew that –- but, you know, you’re a good soldier.
It happens when a video sparks a movement to let every single young person out there know that they’re not alone.
It happens when people look past their differences to understand our common humanity.”
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The bottom line is, Obama said, “I’ve met my commitments to the LGBT community. I have delivered on what I promised. Now, that doesn’t mean our work is done.”
“There are going to be times where you’re still frustrated with me. I know there are going to be times where you’re still frustrated at the pace of change. I understand that. I know I can count on you to let me know. […] But what I also know is that I will continue to fight alongside you.”