Since President Obama left office in January, I've often been asked to reflect on the Obama Administration's sweetest victories and most meaningful accomplishments.
There's a lot to choose from -- from rescuing the economy in the wake of the great recession, to passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act, to taking bold new steps to address the threat of climate change.
But as we celebrate LGBT Pride month, I'm thinking most of the tremendous progress we made under President Obama to advance equality for LGBT individuals across America and the world.
We've come so far, friend, but our progress isn't guaranteed under this administration. As we know all too well, victory can be fleeting -- sign up with OFA, and they'll keep you plugged into the fight to protect our progress.
I will always treasure that night in June 2015 when the White House was lit in rainbow colors following the Obergefell Supreme Court decision. The decision reflected the hard work of generations of people fighting for the equal right to marry.
But in recent years, we've seen record numbers of anti-LGBT bills introduced in state legislatures across the country. Many of these bills have thankfully failed, but too many of them have passed, and we are now faced with new laws that run contrary to our values as Americans.
Many of these laws claim to be about religious liberty, but are really about discrimination.
There are laws that restrict the ability of local governments to protect LGBT residents, laws that target transgender people, and laws that tacitly permit cruel programs like "conversion therapy."
A year ago, we enjoyed strong leadership from the Obama Administration that matched its words with its deeds, standing up for equality in the courts and in the public sphere.
Sadly, that's changed, but that doesn't mean we have to stop standing up for equality, and speaking out against hate speech and violence. It means we have to get to work, organize and mobilize -- starting with the Equality Marches for Unity & Pride happening around the country this weekend. Our nation's history has always been defined by our resilience and willingness to fight. History is on our side.
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Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
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