On May 29th, 2015, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. This proclamation followed an earlier Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, which put protection for Federal contractors into effect and helped to guard workers against discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The proclamation for this month, and the executive order issued months ago, have occurred in the effort to tear down the barriers that limit the potential of LGBT individuals. While discrimination still runs rampant, Obama states that he will “keep calling on Congress to pass legislation so that al Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work”.
Bullying and harassment, especially in the classroom, has always been an issue. Ideally, by taking actions such as extending family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, and updating the Nation HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the LGBT communities they seem to largely affect, we can help to teach that all people deserve to live a life that is free of fear and violence, and instead full of respect for one another.
Read the full proclamation at the link below: