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(thanks to [ profile] sansa1970  for the link)



Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration -- in both the White House and the Federal agencies -- openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.


source: White House press release

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Thanks to my random number generator, the winner of the Friday book contest:

Terrence Kissack (posting on Facebook). Please e-me your snail mail and I'll send you a book.

chickwriter: (Will Shakespeare)
It's the last Friday of May. The last weekend I have given myself off from full-on writing.

To mark this watershed, I've decided to run a Friday Book Giveaway contest.

Comment below, tweet to me (@chickwriter) or post on my Facebook wall, a line or two that you particularly liked, hated, touched you, etc. from an urban fantasy book. Tell me why it made you feel that way and please identify book title and author (unless it's a hate and you'd rather not).

if you tweet, I'll settle for just the line(s).

If you comment here and don't have an LJ account or OpenID, please make sure to sign your comment with at least your first name. :)

I'll choose a winner via random number generator.

Go forth and comment!

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Read it at her LJ

Busy at the workplace, but needed to spread the love.

chickwriter: (Me Ohio2)
or not.

The other night, as I sat in my recliner, surfing on my laptop and watching a TV show via iTunes on my iMac, there was a mini power brownout. By mini, I mean a quick flash of uh oh, then normal. Problem was, at the time, I was downloading a shedload of audiobooks from iTunes. (All the Charlaine Harris books are/were on sale!).

My downloads slowed to a much so, it was nearly as if I were on dialup speeds.

I spent the next 2 hours trying all sorts of configurations, rebooting modem, rebooting computers, etc. etc. ad nauseaum. I left it with the iMac wired directly to modem, and the downloads still crawling along.

By the next morning, things were still slow, but most of the books had downloaded. I then tried to re-hook up my route, but there was no joy in Mudville. Mighty router had struck out. Network connection = yay. Internet: not so much. Panicked, because it was Thursday before a holiday weekend and omg, SO not spending a weekend without WiFi, I ordered a new Belkin router with rush delivery (still cheaper than retail!).

It arrived about 1/2 hour ago. I'm all installed, wireless and have also connected my new 1TB external hard drive (my 3rd).

I LOVE cheap technology!!

I'm settling in for a lovely quiet weekend of reading, catching up on my shows, watching ST:TOS remastered editions and oh yeah, reviewing galleys for the reprint of Matters of the Blood.

Sad that I can't be at my parent's for a mini-Lima fest - my cousin Maria Eugenia and my sister & BIL are converging on San Antonio this weekend. Was a spur of the moment thing for them, but alas, $700 plane tix were too rich for my blood - especially for a quick weekend visit. Seeing family will have to wait until September and [ profile] fencon .

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!


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