As Obama prepares to leave the White House, we wanted to commemorate his numerous LGBTQ achievements over the last eight years—from passing new hate crime laws to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and voicing his support for same-sex marriage—in the commemorative video above.
While our video captures the highlights, there are many more moments we didn’t include (otherwise the video would be a super long), like his signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; establishing the website stopbullying.gov; holding an LGBT Youth Summit in 2011; refusing to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); issuing orders to protect transgender students and federal employees; and his Department of Housing and Urban Development taking steps to end anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination and domestic violence, for instance.
Though Obama is flawed in other ways—his record-breaking deportations of undocumented citizens, for instance, have harmed LGBTQ people, too—his record on domestic LGBTQ rights have cemented Obama’s status as an LGBT ally and icon.
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