Obama Welcomes Gay Games Participants

“I know some of you have come from places where it requires courage, even defiance, to come out – some times at great personal risk. You should know that the United States stands with you and for your human rights – just as our athletes stand with you on the field at these Games. After all, the very idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or who you love – you can make it if you try. That’s who we are and that’s who we should continually strive to be.” – President Barack Obama, in a welcoming statement played tonight at the opening ceremonies of the Gay Games in Cleveland.