Gay glossy Out has named
President Barack Obama its “Ally of the Year.”
Obama appears on the cover of Out's
annual OUT 100 list.
“This is the first time a sitting
president has been photographed for the cover of an LGBT title, a
historic moment in itself, and a statement on how much his
administration has done to advance a singularly volatile issue,”
Out editors wrote.
In the issue, Obama discusses his
administration's support for LGBT rights, the first influential gay
person in his life and the Supreme Court decision that struck down
gay marriage bans nationwide.
“There had been a remarkable attitude
shift – in hearts and minds – across America,” Obama
said. “The ruling reflected that. It reflected our values as
a nation founded on the principle that we are all created equal.
And, by the way, it was decades of our brothers and sisters fighting
for recognition and equality – and too frequently risking their
lives or facing rejection from family, friends, and co-workers –
that got us to that moment. So I wasn’t surprised by the Supreme
Court’s decision, but, like millions of Americans, I was proud and
happy that it came down the way it did – and I was honored to stand
in the Rose Garden and reiterate for every American that we are
strongest, that we are most free, when all of us are treated equally.
I was proud to say that love is love.”
Jenner, Robbie Rogers, Raven-Symone, Shamir make Out's OUT 100 list.)