Blog Posts Related to the LGBT Community

  • Ending Bullying in Our Schools & Communities

    Recently, I watched the movie BULLY with my mom.  We were both deeply moved by the film and the stories it tells of students, families, and communities impacted by bullying.

    Earlier today, we screened BULLY at the White House.  We were joined by bullying prevention advocates from a range of communities – LGBT, AAPI, faith, disability, and others – as well as educational partners and key Obama Administration staff who work on these issues every day, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Before the film, a panel of nationally recognized experts on bullying prevention spoke from their perspectives about challenges and opportunities, and after the film, we heard from Lee Hirsch, the director and filmmaker, and several of the students and families who were directly impacted by bullying and intolerance and whose stories were featured in the film.

  • 2012 Citizens Medal: Open for Nominations

    For more than 40 years, the Presidential Citizens Medal has recognized Americans who have "performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens." On Monday, the President invited you, the American public, to nominate everyday heroes for one of our nation’s highest civilian honors.

    Who is your hero? Who has gone above and beyond, performing extraordinary deeds of service? Help us recognize the exemplary citizen from your community -- and bring them the public attention they deserve by nominating them for this year’s medal.

    Here is an inspiring example of a hero honored last year:

  • Public-Private Partnerships, Ingenuity and $11M Tax Credit Provides Innovative Housing Solutions for Philadelphia’s LGBT Seniors

    Ed Note: The following is a cross-post that originally appeared on the Department of Housing and Urban Development blog.

    Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is proud to spotlight a new Philadelphia housing development recognized as a pioneering innovation in U.S. housing solutions for low-income LGBT seniors.

    A new public-private housing initiative, co-developed by the dmhFund and Pennrose Properties and spearheaded by dmhFund President Mark Segal, has secured $11 million in tax credit financing from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) – making it possible to break ground on a six-story, 56 bedroom, $19 million project, intended to house LGBT seniors aged 62 and over who earn less than 60 percent of the Philadelphia median income.

  • LGBT Families at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Earlier this week, thousands of families gathered for the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll – including LGBT families from as far away as Utah and as nearby as Maryland.  Here’s what some of them had to say:

    “This event was truly a monumental moment for my partner and myself.  This was an event for my boy that he will never forget.  The excitement that he expressed throughout the day was priceless!”

    “Just spending the day with my partner and seeing that smile on my boy's face was my highlight.  This was truly a family oriented event that focused on keeping active, exercising, and eating healthy.”

    “To play with our twins on the White House lawn -- the quintessential American family experience. Thank you to the Obamas for opening their home to us.”

  • Announcing the LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge

    Across the country, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  They are parents and students, neighborhood and business leaders, artists and advocates, all united in the fight for equality.

    We know that the American people are the source of some of the best ideas and most innovative solutions.  That’s why the White House Champions of Change series spotlights everyday heroes who are demonstrating commitment to improving their own communities, their country, or the lives of their fellow citizens.  And in that spirit, we are launching the LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge to explore the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union.

    If that sounds like you or someone you know, then we want to hear from you – and we want to see you in action!

  • Customs and Border Protection Proposes Expansion of Joint Customs Declarations

    E.d. Note: This blog was cross-posted from the Department of Homeland Security site.

    Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed a revision to its customs declaration regulations that will save returning U.S. travelers time and save the agency money while still maintaining security at our ports of entry.

  • On the Road in Albuquerque: Promoting Healthy Aging

    Our country is entering a new era; each day 9,000 people celebrate their 65th birthday in the United States. As our population ages and becomes more diverse, health, community, and long-term care providers will be called upon to serve older adults in a way that is respectful and culturally appropriate.

    Communities are confronting this challenge head-on, coming together, determined to provide our nation’s older adults the resources they need to age gracefully in their homes and communities.

    I witnessed this collaboration last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when I was invited to participate in a community forum hosted by Equality New Mexico and the Senior Citizens Law Office. We discussed the unique barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults encounter in gaining access to housing, health care, long-term care and other needed services.

     The President's health care law gives hard working, middle-class families the security they deserve.  The Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy through annual or lifetime limits, and, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.  

  • On the Road in Arlington, Texas: Focus on Safe Schools & Communities

    “No on in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love… no one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are.”
                – President Barack Obama, October 28, 2009

    Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to ensure the safety and security of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including signing the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and hosting the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

    Last week, the White House partnered with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and The University of Texas at Arlington to host the White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities to continue this important work.  Over 400 students, teachers, parents, community advocates, law enforcement officers, and elected officials joined senior leaders of the Obama Administration for a day-long conversation about safety and security for LGBT people.