Obama: LGBT Rights, Fundraising

President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

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President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and trans-gendered employees.

Tomorrow, in New York, the president plans to appear at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Gala and also another DNC fundraiser.

This is LGBT Pride Month, as well as 2014 fundraising season.

”Happy Pride Month,” @TheDemocrats say at Twitter.

Obama, who made his own personal support for gay marriage known early during his re-election campaign, has courted the support of gay, lesbian and LGBT donors. And they have contributed.

“Under this President, we have seen more progress for our community than under any other administration in U.S. History,” read a  party note to invitees to the gala at Gotham Hall, according to Politico. “From hospital visitation rights, to workplace protections for transgender federal employees, to supporting marriage equality, we have so much to be proud of — and so much at stake in 2014.”

Obama has resisted calls from leaders of gay-rights groups for months to issue the order as legislation to ban employment discrimination has stalled in the House, Mike Dorning reports. The Democratic-controlled Senate last year passed a measure that would make such discrimination illegal.

A White House official, who asked for anonymity because the order hasn’t been signed, said Obama decided to proceed because of the House’s inaction of the legislation.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is to join Obama at the gala. Wassernan Schultz has noted that, ”This June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. It is an opportunity to recognize the remarkable progress our nation has made towards equality for all Americans and the contributions made by the LGBT community.

“Forty-five years ago, in June 1969, the LGBT community had to literally fight for recognition of the discrimination they faced during the Stonewall riots in New York. Last June, the LGBT community achieved a victory when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.”

Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and a major fundraiser for Obama, is headlining the second party fundraiser in New York.

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