President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights

Glee star Jane Lynch narrates this documentary about LGBT rights in America. The video features a candid interview with President Obama, who speaks about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, why he supports marriage equality, and what’s at stake for the LGBT community in this election.

Wow, you have to watch this! Terry, Rick and I love this video. My favorite quote from President Obama in the video is:

No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love.

This really struck a note with me as only a year ago, a gay couple walking hand-in-hand across the Hawthorne Bridge were followed and beaten. They were doing nothing more than expressing affection like any other couple in love. Portland citizens responded with Hands Across Hawthorne, an event that showed incredible community support and solidarity for freedom for all to love whom they want and express that love in public without fear. But why did this happen in the first place?

The reality is LGBT persons across America live in fear of expressing their love in public. I love our President for reminding us of this reality and standing up for equality for LGBT Americans.

It’s part and parcel of my overall belief that all the LGBT couples that I meet across the country; their families, their children, their commitments to each other are as strong and as precious as anybody else’s. Not only to preserve the gains that we’ve over the last three years, but to make sure that any discrimination is eliminated, you’re going to need a strong advocate in the White House.

I am that strong advocate We’re going to continue to lean forward and making sure that whether it’s the capacity to adopt, hospital visitation, ending travel bans, making sure that benefits to spouses or partners are recognized at the federal level; we’re just going to keep on making sure that the rights of same-sex couples are expanded.

And it’s not just a matter of head. It’s a matter of heart. It’s who I am. It’s what I care about. – President Obama

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