President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month.

“I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people,” Obama said in a written proclamation.

In a two-minute video, the president urged Americans to celebrate the everyday hero.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride month, we remember the activists and advocates who refused to be treated like second-class citizens. People like Jean Manford and Harvey Milk, who marched and protested and believed in a better future. But we also remember the unsung heroes. The millions of LGBT Americans for whom everyday acts required extraordinary courage. The young people who came out as gay or transgender to their parents not knowing what to expect. The two moms or two dads who went to an open house or PTA meeting not knowing how they would be received. The couple that got married even if their bosses or neighbors wouldn't approve, at least not right away.”

“Most of these heroes didn't set out to make history, but that's exactly what they did,” he added. “Bit by bit, step by step they bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)