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Obama Inauguration Speech Stonewall

Pass The Torch... And The Ritalin: Keeping Focused On LGBT Equality

John Carroll | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Carroll

Why, not even 24 hours after the most powerful man in the free world mentioned the Stonewall riots and gay rights in his inaugural speech, did some people come down with a crippling case of selective amnesia and focus on the alleged lip-syncing of a disco diva?

Obama's Second Inaugural Address And My Personal Journey From The Stonewall To The National Mall

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The president's words struck me to the core. Just as I became an accidental activist when I transitioned, I was an accidental participant in the Stonewall uprising when I stumbled upon the chaos when I was trying to attend a concert at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 28, 1969.

By Linking Stonewall With Seneca Falls And Selma, Obama Reminds Us That LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

With one thundering line President Obama gave recognition to the commonality of our civil rights struggles, from women's suffrage to African-American civil rights to LGBT equality. He took the LGBT community's fight for equality and folded it completely into the fabric of what America means.

President Obama's History-Making Gay Rights Inaugural Speech

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

By referring to the Stonewall riots in the same sentence as Seneca Falls and Selma, Obama put the LGBT rights struggle within the context of the great civil rights movements in American history. When the first African-American president says that discrimination is discrimination, that is profound.