Remarks by President Biden Commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Ashton, many thanks. You seemed awfully comfortable up here. (Laughter and applause.) You had been awfully comfortable up here. We don’t understand. We — I’m maybe not sure I’ll be around, but, you understand — (laughter) — you don’t know me if you’re here, just don’t pretend. Okay? (Laughter.)

Your tale, your leadership, as well as your mom is a motivation. (Applause.) Your mother. If my mom had been right right here, she’d look at you and state, “Honey, God love you, dear.” God love you — everything you do, that which you did, that which you continue doing.

I would like to thank Secretary — well, to start with, I do want to tell Chasten: Belated delighted birthday, Chasten. (Applause.) In the event that you could hear us in, we had been performing pleased birthday to him. We got a whole lot of cupcakes, yet not sufficient for everyone. (Laughter.) But — and, Mr. Secretary, many thanks. You might be — you’re the most effective, guy.

Look, our existence here this afternoon makes an easy, strong declaration: Pride has returned during the White House. (Applause.)

With this community as well as our country and also for the globe, Pride represents so much month. It is short for courage — the courage of most those in past generations and who proudly live their truth today.

It is short for justice: both the steps we’ve taken as well as the actions we must just take.

And most importantly, Pride Month is short for love — you know, having the ability to love yourself, love whomever you adore, and love this nation adequate to ensure it is more reasonable and much more free and much more simply.

You realize, throughout the campaign, Tim Gill and Scott Miller — and Tim — one of these will be here I don’t want to embarrass him; he always gets mad when I do that — (laughter) — brought me and Jill to visit the Stonewall Inn today. I desired to get, and so they wanted — they agreed to simply simply take me personally. We desired to spend tribute compared to that hallowed ground that represents the the battle to make sure that all folks are treated with dignity and respect.

Just a couple moments ago, enclosed by the survivors of family unit members who were lost that is— we’ve I finalized a bill consecrating another piece of hallowed ground: the Pulse nightclub. And I also wish to thank all the known people in the usa House of Representatives while the us senate for taking a stand and making certain which will not be forgotten. Not be forgotten. Your website associated with the deadliest assault impacting the LBT- — LGBTQ+ community in US history. It is now a nationwide memorial.

This thirty milftastic desktop days, on the path to any office, we walk through — from my — through the Residence to your Oval workplace each morning — we walk via a hallway lit with rainbow colors of Pride, which you’ll have an opportunity to see in only a minutes that are few. You’ll see a candle carried during the AIDS vigil in the’90s that are early a set — and a set of sandals owned by Matthew Shepard.

They’re reminders of exactly how much this community has suffered and lost. But they’re also reminders of this community’s resiliency that is incredible the incredible contributions, the incred- — including, we simply saw, the National Football League in addition to nationwide Women’s Soccer League.

Every one of you here — Henry Munoz and Kyle — good to see you, man — (laughter). I’d the — We had the chance to officiate at their wedding. (Laughter and applause.)

And Representative Malcolm Kenyatta — where have you been, Malcolm? You’re around here some — (applause) — good to see you, man. And Dr. Matt Miller — they took the show during the convention that is democratic. (Laughter.)

And my buddy, Sarah McBride — where is Sarah? (Applause.) Sarah? Sarah worked closely with my son, Beau, as he ended up being Attorney General associated with State of Delaware; and it is Delaware that is now serving well, among the first freely transgender state legislators of all time. Senator. (Applause.)

You merely heard from our history-making Secretary of Transportation.

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