Remembering that ‘Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight’

Yesterday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held a reception at the White House in honor of the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the current Gay Rights Movement.  At the event, he reaffirmed his commitment to equality and asked to be judged on promises kept rather than promises made.

He stated:

“I know that many in this room don’t believe progress has come fast enough, and I understand that. It’s not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago. We’ve been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.”

At present, I think most LGBT Americans are discouraged at the President’s inaction thus far, but most still maintain hope for the promises we were given.  At this point, only time will tell if we gain the rights we deserve and if President Obama keeps the promises that helped him to be elected.

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