President, VP observe International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Is it a White House first? An evolved President Obama has issued a formal statement commemorating Saturday’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or #IDAHOT.
Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.
At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Vice President Joe Biden tweeted in observance himself, as did Valerie Jarrett.
In a true show of international effort, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tweeted as well.
President Obama isn’t the only one to have evolved. The organizers of IDAHOT (formerly IDAHO) are considering updating their branding. “We are currently in our communications promoting May 17th as the ‘Global Day to Celebrate sexual and gender diversities,’ which we believe is the most inclusive formulation possible.”