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(August 19) Happy Birthday Bill Clinton!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

President William Jefferson Clinton’s Birthday
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

He was the third-youngest president; only Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were younger when entering office.

He became president at the end of the Cold War, and as he was born in the period after World War II, he is known as the first Baby Boomer president.

His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is currently the United States Secretary of State. She was previously a United States Senator from New York, and also candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Both are graduates of Yale Law School.

source: Wikipedia – William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton

40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – The Birth of Gay Rights

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

40th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots
Today we honor our gay friends and family by observing, and celebrating, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when gays, lesbians and transgenders fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted homosexuals, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.*

Celebrate today, but remember; its back to work tomorrow for Equality!

 *wikipedia:  Stonewall riots 
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June : This Month We’re Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

New York State Governor David Paterson will be one of the 2009 Grand Marshals in today’s New York Gay Pride Parade (Sunday June 28, 2009)

President Obama issues Presidential Proclamation declaring June  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month! Read the Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, 2009.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton releases statement recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Read Secretary Clinton’s statement – In Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month 2009.

Yahoo News: Stonewall rebel reflects 40 years after NYC riots

Hillary Rodham Clinton: In Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has released a statement in recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month!


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
June 1, 2009

Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and on behalf of the State Department, I extend our appreciation to the global LGBT community for its courage and determination during the past 40 years, and I offer our support for the significant work that still lies ahead.

At the State Department and throughout the Administration, we are grateful for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Washington and around the world. They and their families make many sacrifices to serve our nation. Their contributions are vital to our efforts to establish stability, prosperity and peace worldwide.

Human rights are at the heart of those efforts. Gays and lesbians in many parts of the world live under constant threat of arrest, violence, even torture. The persecution of gays and lesbians is a violation of human rights and an affront to human decency, and it must end. As Secretary of State, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though the road to full equality for LGBT Americans is long, the example set by those fighting for equal rights in the United States gives hope to men and women around the world who yearn for a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

This June, let us recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which all people can live in safety and freedom, no matter who they are or whom they love.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

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