President Obama just made history by mentioning one single word: transgender.
“Although this is long overdue, it’s an important — albeit symbolic — historic first. No other living President of the United States has ever made mention of those who are transgender in a State of the Union speech. He also referenced bisexual Americans, something that has also never been done in a State of the Union. Social media was quick to applaud the President’s choice of words.”
Read the full piece here, including why “while this is a important step in the right direction, it’s not nearly enough.”
“If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could; it’s just that it would require everybody saying, ‘this is important; this is significant.’ And, that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped, but we’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids.” —President Obama on the situation in Baltimore
With President Obama, I KNOW my fave is problematic (drones, lobbyists working for WH, etc., etc.), but I believe that you would have to add up 3-5 other presidents to equal the good that he’s done for this country, especially on the topics of women and the LGBTQIA+ communities.
And, honestly, the fact that the Republicans actually CLAPPED when the President said he didn’t have anymore campaigns to run? Completely inappropriate and disrespectful. I don’t care who you are or your political preference.
Thank you to President Barack Obama for designating Nevada’s Basin and Range as a National Monument and protecting Michael Heizer’s City, one of the most significant works of American art of the last 50 years. And thanks to those of you who signed the petition to save City that we posted back in March.
President Obama answered a question today from a reporter on whether last week was “his best week” in light of the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act, major progress on his trade agenda, and his eulogy in Charleston.