At a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) address on Saturday, President Barack Obama lauded “productive, bilateral talks” he had last week with pop singer Lady Gaga and pledged his support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
The President said that two years ago, he made a pledge to people in America who are living alternative lifestyles.
“I said I would never counsel patience; that it wasn’t right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell African Americans to be patient in the fight for equal rights a half century ago,” said Obama. “But what I also said, that while it might take time –- more time than anyone would like -– we are going to make progress; we are going to succeed; we are going to build a more perfect union.”
The President told HRC that his Administration, with the organization’s help, has passed many reforms for homosexual and transgendered Americans. The President said that among the best things his Administration has done are lifting the ban on foreign travelers to the country who have HIV/AIDS and the end of the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
The President also vowed to the group that he would do more to promote public school programs that would seek to educate children about being gay or transgendered.
“We’ve got to make sure they know that there are adults they can talk to; that they are never alone; that there is a whole world waiting for them filled with possibility. That’s why we held a summit at the White House on bullying. That’s why we’re going to continue to focus on this issue,” said Obama. “This isn’t just “kids being kids.” It’s wrong. It’s destructive. It’s never acceptable. And I want all those kids to know that the President and the First Lady is standing right by them every inch of the way.”
The President concluded his address to HRC urging all present to help him move forward with his American Jobs Act and “Pass this bill.” He said he dreams of a “bigger” America.
“I am still hopeful, because of a deeper shift that we’re seeing; a transformation not only written into our laws, but woven into the fabric of our society,” said Obama.