Obama Declares June Gay Pride Month

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As he did last year, President Barack Obama declared the month of June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

In his proclamation, the president called on all Americans to end prejudice.

"As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities. Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise," the president stated in the proclamation issued last Friday.

"An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equality on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community," Obama said.

The president also expressed the belief that homosexuals strengthen the fabric of American society.

"From business leaders and professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline," the president said.

It's not the first time a U.S. president has issued such a proclamation. Former President Bill Clinton also declared June to be Gay Pride Month while he was in office.

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