Proclamation 9457 of May 31, 2016

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation
Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward
becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals
who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow,
has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless
dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive
society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds
and by demanding equal treatment—under our laws, from our courts, and
in our politics. This month, we recognize all they have done to bring
us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward
justice.
Last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality
in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring dignity
for same-sex couples and greater equality across State lines. For every partnership
that was not previously recognized under the law and for every American
who was denied their basic civil rights, this monumental ruling instilled
newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are all more free when we
are treated as equals.
LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them. That
is why my Administration is striving to better understand the needs of
LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing
to aging LGBT Americans. It is also why we oppose subjecting minors
to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and why we are continuing
to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments
for all students. We remain committed to addressing health disparities in
the LGBT community—gay and bisexual men and transgender women of
color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen
our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access
to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.
Despite the extraordinary progress of the past few years, LGBT Americans
still face discrimination simply for being who they are. I signed an Executive
Order in 2014 that prohibits discrimination against Federal employees and
contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I urge
the Congress to enact legislation that builds upon the progress we have
made, because no one should live in fear of losing their job simply because
of who they are or who they love. And our commitment to combatting
discrimination against the LGBT community does not stop at our borders:
Advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone
of American diplomacy, and we have made defending and promoting the
human rights of LGBT individuals a priority in our engagement across
the globe. In line with America’s commitment to the notion that all people
should be treated fairly and with respect, champions of this cause at home
and abroad are upholding the simple truth that LGBT rights are human
rights.
There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country
to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who
came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled
and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing
what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts—that
love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the
content of their character. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly
forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have
come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of
the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate
the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day
of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

[Federal Register Document 2016–13361