OUT­SPO­KEN

FRIENDS & FOES IN THEIR OWN WORDS

GA Voice - - In This Issue -

“This year, we cel­e­brate LGBT Pride Month at a mo­ment of great hope and progress, rec­og­niz­ing that more needs to be done. Sup­port for LGBT equal­ity is grow­ing, led by a gen­er­a­tion which un­der­stands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘in­jus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice every­where.’” — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, of­fi­cially pro­claim­ing June as Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­der Pride Month (White House, May 31) “I’ve been on this huge jour­ney to fig­ure out my life, and now I am back here I think where I am sup­posed to be.” — Pro­fes­sional soc­cer player Rob­bie Rogers in a May 26 postgame press con­fer­ence af­ter his de­but with the LA Galaxy made him the first openly gay ath­lete to com­pete in U.S. men’s pro­fes­sional team sports. Rogers, a for­mer national team player, came out in April and an­nounced his re­tire­ment. (YouTube, May 27) “The LGBT com­mu­nity has writ­ten a proud chap­ter in this fun­da­men­tally Amer­i­can story by re­mind­ing us that in­tegrity and re­spect re­main cor­ner­stones of our mil­i­tary and civil­ian cul­ture.” — Depart­ment of De­fense LGBT Pride Month me­moran­dum (SLDN.org, May 31) “This whole thing has been a bit sur­real for us be­cause we have been raised to be­lieve that love is love. We never re­al­ized that our hap­pi­ness and open­ness would in­spire so many in­di­vid­u­als.” — Brad Tay­lor and Dy­lan Mee­han in a state­ment re­leased af­ter the se­niors were voted “Cutest Cou­ple” at New York’s Carmel High. The story went vi­ral af­ter a class­mate posted it to Tum­blr. (Huff­in­g­ton Post, June 1)

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