President Obama recorded a special message of thanks to LGBT equality activists, specifically for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s (NGLTF) 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality, called Creating Change. The message, which will be shared with over 3000 activists gathered in in Atlanta this week, thanks them for and urges them and others to help him complete his goals, including health care reform and immigration reform.
“Decades ago, when doctors declared being gay a mental disorder, you organized and rallied to change their minds,” the President tells supporters. “When thousands suffered in the shadows during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, you cast a bright light on their pain. And today, you’re helping to lead the way to a future where everyone is treated with dignity and resect, no matter who they love or where they come from.”
“I’ve always said that the change we need in this country — real change — doesn’t come from Washington, it comes from folks like you. Change has always come from ordinary Americans who sit in or stand up or marched to demand it. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been a partner at the forefront of that movement for 40 years. … With your help, we will continue the journey to perfect our union. The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I’m more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice — and all of us keep marching together.”
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