Monday, June 01, 2015

Raising the United Colors of Pride

President Obama Declares June LGBT Pride Month

On Friday, the White House issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama declaring June LGBT Pride month.Obama has issued a Pride Month proclamation every year since taking office, but this
year he singled out his executive order on LGBT workplace discrimination, stating that it  “[ensures] that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love.”

He also expressed his Administration’s support for marriage equality, conversion therapy bans, HIV/AIDS resources and efforts to help LGBT youth affected by bullying and homelessness. At post time, there were no expectations that any Arkansas elected official would sign on to such a recognition across the state. 

Bill Clinton was the first (and last) president to issue a Pride Month proclamation, first doing so in 1999 and then in 2000 before he left office. President Obama will host a reception at the White House on June 24 to commemorate Pride month. COP 24/7 is providing an excerpt from proclamation below:

"....Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.
In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment."
The full piece can be read at  and will share updates on other proclamations and pride activities across the state.

POZ 100 Seeking Nominations

POZ is seeking nominations for the 2015 POZ 100. Established in 2010, the POZ 100 recognizes individuals and organizations that are committed to ending the HIV epidemic.
This year’s list will celebrate individuals making a difference today in the fight against HIV/AIDS who became HIV positive in 1995 or earlier. Nominees must submit a hi-res photo and be willing to have their name and photo appear in POZ magazine and on
Early deadline for nominations is August 7, 2015.
To submit an individual for the 2015 POZ 100, please fill out the nomination form below. One nomination per person. Self-nominations will be accepted. If you have any questions, email
The 2015 POZ 100 will be announced in the December 2015 issue of POZ magazine.
Click here to view last year's list.
Pride in the City Continues
The Little Rock Pride Committee has announced that they will again ask supporters to join them as they cruise through downtown Little Rock aboard a decorated River Rail Trolley. Along with sight seeing of the cityscapes, there will be a hosted bar featuring adult beverages. Tickets are only $15, but hurry as there are a limited number!) Purchase yours here:

Coming this week! More news about upcoming conferences, meetings, and other educational sessions.


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