On Friday afternoon, President Obama spoke at the White House Pride Month reception, highlighting LGBT victories from his term so far and the work still ahead. He noted the ongoing challenge of HIV prevention, the need to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the systemic bullying taking place in schools. Obama also committed to being a “fellow advocate” for the LGBT community moving forward:
OBAMA: So we still have a long way to go, but we will get there. We’ll get there because of all of you. We’ll get there because of all of the ordinary Americans who every day show extraordinary courage. We’ll get there because of every man and woman and activist and ally who is moving us forward by the force of their moral arguments, but more importantly, by the force of their example.
And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.