While President Obama has been a longtime ally of the LGBT community, 2015 marked another significant year for our 44th president and his administration.
At the beginning of the year, President Obama reiterated in his State of the Union address his commitment to legal and social equality for LGBT Americans. He explicitly included the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and argued that LGBT Americans deserves the same protections and rights as other Americans.
In June, Obama celebrated the historic marriage equality ruling, lighting up the White House in rainbow colors and later calling it one of his favorite moments of 2015.
The Obama Administration threw its weight behind the movement to halt the harmful, widely debunked practice of "conversion therapy." Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, spoke out against the practice and a few months later, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a report calling for an end to “conversion therapy” for minors.
Last month, the White House continued its commitment to LGBT equality, announcing support for the Equality Act.
Throughout the year, the administration appointed and nominated openly LGBT leaders, expanded benefits for same-sex married couples and continued to advance equality for LGBT members of the military.
As 2015 comes to an end, we thank President Obama for his unwavering support and are eager to see what 2016 brings.
Click here to learn more about President Obama’s accomplishments and click here to read HRC’s 2015 Blueprint for Positive Change, which provided a checklist of actions the administration could take to change the lives of LGBT Americans for the better.
Counting down to 2016, HRC is celebrating our greatest milestones and victories in 2015. It has been another incredible year for LGBT equality and we could not have done it without you — our members, readers and supporters–and we look forward to continuing our work in 2016. Stay tuned for more highlights from 2015.