WASHINGTON — Barack Obama issued a statement over the weekend in observance of the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia,” declaring his intent to continue to push for acceptance of the lifestyles in the United States and beyond.
“Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia,” he wrote in recognition of the day, which was Sunday.
“We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love,” he stated.
Obama remarked that he and his wife work as homosexual and transgender advocates on a daily basis.
“We work toward this goal every day. Here at home, we are working to end bias-motivated violence, combat discrimination in the workplace, and address the specific needs of transgender persons,” he said. “Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach.”
The president vowed to continue the push in the day ahead.
“There is much more to do, and this fight for equality will not be won in a day. But we will keep working, at home and abroad, and we will keep fighting, for however long it takes until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights,” Obama said.
As previously reported, the Obama administration has been regarded as the most vocal in American history in regard to its support for homosexuality and transgenderism. He has spoken about the issue in several of his State of the Union addresses, as well as his 2013 inaugural address.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” Obama stated after taking the oath of office for the second time. “For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
He has additionally expressed his support for the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” and his administration announced the opening of a transgender-friendly restroom at the White House earlier this year. Obama’s adviser, Valerie Jarrett, has publicly opposed providing help for homosexual youth in recent statements.
“The president is determined to lead by example. He has hired more openly LGBT Americans to serve in his administration than any other in history,” she wrote in an op-ed for “The Advocate” last month. “And we have closely examined our internal policies on everything from benefits, to restroom access, to how we invite people to events, to ensure that everyone who enters this building feels safe and fully respected.”
As previously reported, in early America, General George Washington ordered Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin to be drummed out of the camp for “attempting to commit sodomy” with a male soldier.
His March 14th proclamation stated, “His Excellency, the Commander in Chief, approves the sentence, and with abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes, orders Lieut. Enslin to be drummed out of camp tomorrow morning by all the drummers and fifers in the Army never to return; the drummers and fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at guard mounting for that purpose.”
A number of states also passed sodomy laws under their criminal statutes, banning sexual activity between those of the same gender due to biblical prohibitions against it.