John M. Becker

Obama Shows His Pride in Surprise Address to Gay Games

Filed By John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Barack Obama, Cleveland, Gay Games

"Even since 2006, when the Games were last held in the United States in my hometown of Chicago, we've come a long way in our commitment to the equal rights of LGBT people here and around the world. I'm proud of my administration's record, and of the citizens who've helped to push for justice.

"I know some of you have come from places where it requires courage -- even defiance -- to come out, sometimes at great personal risk. You should know that the United States stands with you and for your human rights, just as our athletes stand with you on the field at these games. After all, the very idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, you can make it if you try."

-- President Barack Obama, in a surprise address to attendees and spectators at the 2014 Gay Games. The games are being held in Cleveland, Ohio through August 16.

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