White House Ignores LGBTQ Pride Month For the Second Year, Honors ‘National Ocean Month’ Instead (Updated)
No LGBTQ Pride Month proclamation again this year! The White House ignored the LGBTQ community yet again this year, failing to proclaim June as LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States. Trump’s administration instead favored other proclamations, like “National Ocean Month” and “National Homeownership Month.”
“We’ve made incredible progress for LGBTQ rights, and we’ve seen LGBTQ candidates achieve historic victories up and down the ballot. But LGBTQ Americans still face hurdles to equality across our society — from bathrooms to bakeries to the ballot box. Every day, Republicans in Congress, the White House, and at the state and local level are trying to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights,” DNC Chair Tom Perez and other party leaders said in a statement.
“The Democratic Party stands with LGBTQ communities in America and around the world. We believe that no one should face discrimination, bullying, or violence because of who they are or who they love. And we will never stop fighting for the equality every human being deserves.”
Trump did declare June “National Ocean Month,” “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” “Great Outdoors Month,” “National Homeownership Month” and “African-American Music Appreciation Month.”
Bill Clinton was the first sitting president to formally make an LGBTQ pride month proclamation in 1999 for the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. He then again did so in 2000. Not surprisingly, George W. Bush never proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month. Barack Obama proclaimed June LGBT Pride every year of his presidency, starting in 2009.
In 2016, he said:
There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts — that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.
Update: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement marking LGBTQ Pride Month.
The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons.
In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue to face violence, arrest, harassment and intimidation for standing up for their human rights, participating in peaceful marches and rallies, expressing their views, and simply being who they are. LGBTI persons – like all persons – must be free to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association, without fear of reprisal. As Americans, we place a high value on these rights and freedoms, which all persons deserve to enjoy fully and equally.
The United States stands firmly with you as you exercise your human rights and fundamental freedoms. We wish you a safe and happy Pride Month.