Obama Marks International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia: LGBT Rights Are Human Rights

President Obama today issued a statement marking the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, which was launched in 2004 on the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s 1990 declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness. Obama’s message declares that “LGBT rights are human rights” and that the United States honors the work of activists and will continue to “support their struggle for human dignity.” See the full statement below.ObamaIDAHO

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Oh, he remembered gay people exist, too! And we got mentioned with trans people. That’s fantastic. I have to wonder what would have gone better for us if WE had the Attorney General threatening states. Oh well, better late than never.

    • Marc

      Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. We can pout about it or do our part to ensure the cycle of discrimination stops for others.

    • lymis

      We need federal level LGB specific protections, at which point the (Democratic) Attorney General certainly WILL do so.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Thanks Obama!
    I am going to miss him.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      and HER too

  • Rex

    Thanks, Obama.
    (And this time it’s not a snarky comment on the haters, but I truly appreciate all you’ve done for the LGBT community.)

    • douglas

      And in Canada today our amazing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced transgender rights legislation and and urged all Canadians to fight homophobia.

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  • bryan

    And confirmed winner of the Trump IQ test challenge, the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is flying the rainbow flag from City Hall, saying ‘I will work with the LGBT+ community to do everything I can to make London a more tolerant, fairer place to live.’


  • Rex

    Fear builds walls.
    Love builds bridges.

    • BudClark

      Republican politics cause DEADLY intestinal blockages!

    • David Walker

      And we know how much in favor of repairing our infrastructure republican’ts are.

  • Prion

  • Prion

    I view this as all the pseudo-religious “traditional values” bullshit should be flushed down the toilet. That may not have been the cartoonist’s intent…

    • BudClark

      Probably clog up the plumbing, but since Republicans have money to burn, they can afford Roto-Rooter.

    • Indy Red Bear

      It was not his intent. Varvel is a hyper conservative tea party cartoonist.

      • Reality.Bites

        Prion enjoys his many cartoons viciously attacking Hilary Clinton so just assumes he’s a “progressive.”

    • lymis

      I support the idea, but “traditional” needs to go back to it’s more principled and more American meaning – if not historical reality – that it applies to everyone, not just one segment of the population.

      I’d have no problem with “tradition” being things like “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and “equal justice for all” and the less buzzwordy but equally important idea that it’s not the government’s job to codify who gets to count as citizens worthy of equality.

    • Bomer

      Those are two words I have grown to hate. Especially when used in conjunction.

  • delk

    I still get a smile whenever I see one of those rainbow White House pics! 🙂

    • Traxley Launderette

      Me, too.

      We can’t not have them in the years to come.

    • BudClark

      If you want the tradition to contine, VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET, STRAIGHT DOWN THE LINE! I want to see some SOUTHERN State Houses lit up like that!

  • sherman

    For the purists who just can’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary, President Trump would never do this.

    • Reality.Bites

      No – but he would demand to see her original birth certificate in order to prove she was born a woman.

      • sherman

        If the Republicons get total control of the government, we’ll all need to start carrying our birth certificates with us all the time.

        • JCF

          …if only to prove our citizenship.

    • Bomer

      Of course he wouldn’t. If, gods forbid, he ever gets elected that sucker is getting spray painted gold before the moving vans pull away.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Tony Perkins’ makeup artist just got a urgent text.

  • BudClark

    The high-pitched squealing noise you hear is Republicans’ sphincters slamming shut.

    • They may never shit again without massive amounts of ex-lax and Ativan.

  • BudClark

    A pic of the Rainbow White House, with a nice portrait of the Obama family superimposed, should hang in every GLBTQAI establishment in the nation. I doubt that I shall live long enough to see a man or woman of such towering stature in that Office again.

    BRAVO! Mr. President AND Family!!

  • bambinoitaliano

    I was twitted with this today.
    It was tweeted by this gay friendly cop who posted this before the one above.

  • WebSlinger
    • American135

      Aren’t the figures similar for drug addicts and alcoholics, and for military vets?

      • WebSlinger

        I don’t know but you are free to research ad post what you discover…

  • WebSlinger
  • Princess Lardass

    Get ready for more idiotic whining from Franklin Graham via Facebook.

  • Brycedavid

    *Except for our ally Iran where homosexuality is still punishable by death

    • JCF

      “Our ally Iran”: who’s ally, Assad’s?!

      To do a nuclear deal w/ Iran—to prevent THEIR getting nuclear weapons—in no way makes them “our ally Iran”.

  • Sashineb

    Thank you, President Obama!

    • douglas

      Very proud to be Canadian!!!

    • Reality.Bites

      Or more accurately, to explicitly recognize in legislation rights that were recognized years ago.

      Our constitution’s grounds for prohibited discrimination are open-ended and the precedent was set for sexual orientation being constitutionally protected back in 1995. Governments have in general proceeded with the idea that trans rights are similarly protected, so there are few if any court cases setting a precedent in this area.

      One of the few was in Ontario. In 1998, Ontario’s then Conservative government stopped funding surgery under the government health plan as a supposed cost-saving measure. It had been covered since 1971. They were eventually taken to the Human Rights Commission where they lost in 2006. The Ontario government reinstated funding in 2008 and made explicit changes to the Human Rights Code in 2012.

      It’s been an interesting legal situation – since governments actually obeyed the spirit of the law, not merely the letter, there were no cases going to a high enough court that could then order a government to recognize trans rights. It’s as if states had just quietly started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when they applied for them.

      • Hue-Man

        It may be a constitutional right but why won’t provincial governments
        pass the legislation? It’s not that complicated to add another class of people to the Human Rights legislation. Last month,Spencer Chandra Herbert (he’s the NDP MLA for Vancouver’s gay West End) introduced a transgender rights bill for the fourth time.

        “NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is set to introduce legislation that would add explicit protection for transgender people to the BC Human Rights Code, to protect them against discrimination.”

        Chandra Herbert’s explanation: “There are some members of the BC Liberal Party who are opposed…because specifically they don’t believe transgender people exist.”


      • billbear1961

        Vive le Canada!

        Vivat JUSTITIA!!

  • kirtanloorii

    A hero president. We need another soon.

    • JCF

      She’s on her way!

  • Octavio

    Thanks, Obama. 🙂

  • EqualityForAll

    Has anyone ever kicked around the idea that Obama might actually be gay? I recall the claims during his initial campaign that he had had an encounter with another guy in a limo, but it was somehow buried.

    The reason I ask is that he is just so pro-LGBT issues – more so than even the most compassionate of politicians. He also reminds me of a guy I worked for back in my college days. I was hired into the financial aid office as part of a work-study program. The director of that department was also a young, African American who was married with three young daughters.

    A year or two after graduating I ran into that director at a gay bar. He was still married, but acknowledged that he considered himself gay and acted on it accordingly. Of course he was not Obama, but I have to say that Obama reminds me so much of him.

    Wouldn’t it be something if, after Obama leaves office, he comes out as a gay man who had been hiding his secret for the sake of serving as president? For him to have been the first gay president, along with the first president of color, would be absolutely delicious!

    • Jerry

      Of course that idea’s been kicked around…view any of the right-wing fever swamps and they all claim he’s gay (as well as Kenyan, Muslim, socialist, communist, and a Nazi) and that Michelle is a trans woman.

    • James

      Yes, there’s a long history of people claiming he’s secretly gay, and no, it wouldn’t be great if he came out after leaving office. That would only confirm everything the haters already think about him and about us and about the reasons he is a supporter of LGBT rights.

    • JCF

      He’s not. Frankly, having such a STRONG straight ally President is way more inspiring, IMO, than having had a closeted President.

      Our openly gay President WILL come, in time.

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  • American135

    An individual has a right to think whatever we wants regarding him/herself. And everyone has a right to think whatever he or she wants regarding anyone else. So, an individual’s thought of himself might not be shared with everyone he happens to encounter. For instance, a man might think he’s an excellent singer; whereas, most other people might think he’s dreadful. And the person who fancies himself a singer might book a concert hall and offer tickets to the public. But if he sells few if any tickets, the self-identified “singer” hasn’t a “right” to go to federal court to try to compel the public to buy his tickets and attend his concert.

    • JCF

      One’s gender identity isn’t like “thinking one’s an excellent singer.”

      Get lost, Troll.

      • American135

        Translation = JCF is not prepared to engage in an open discussion; a forum where opinions are freely exchanged violates JCF’s safezone.

    • sherman

      Hard to get deep thoughts from a shallow mind.

      • American135

        And harder still to insert a deep thought into a shallow mind.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Celebrate! Tip generously for good service. Thank you.

  • Jackie Puppet