2012 June 15

Obama Hosts First-Ever Gay Pride Reception at White House


President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever gay pride reception at the White House on this day. President Jimmy Carter had been the first president to invite lesbian and gay activists to the White House to discuss policy, which he did on March 26, 1977, just weeks into his presidency.

President Obama was slow to endorse same-sex marriage, but finally did on May 9, 2012.

Watch the Reception: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBI7dmUeb4

Read about the history of the GLBT revolution: Lillian Faderman, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (2015)

Learn more about President Obama’s record on civil liberties: Samuel Walker, President’s and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama (2012)

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