President Obama will celebrate the birth of the modern gay rights movement with a handful of gay rights leaders Monday, the New York Times reported.

The reception, to the held in the East Room, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

The uprising began on the evening of June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn blocked a police raid on the establishment. For days thousands joined in protest against the police who frequently raided gay bars.

White House officials have said little about the event, but the Times reports that various gay leaders have confirmed being invited, and were told Obama is expected to speak.

When asked about the event Friday during a press briefing, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs called it “an event scheduled around Pride Month,” adding not to expect any announcements on repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that bans gay marriage, or the military's ban on open gay service, known as “don't ask, don't tell.”

Candidate Obama promised to repeal both laws, but the Obama administration has signaled it will not tackle those issues at this time.

“[W]e want to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act,” John Berry, head of the Office of Personnel Management and the highest ranking openly gay official in the administration, told gay monthly The Advocate. “Now, I'm not going to pledge – nor is the president – that this is going to be done by some certain date. The pledge and the promise is that this will be done before the sun sets on this administration.”

On Thursday, furious gay activists demonstrated outside a gay DNC fundraiser featuring Vice President Joe Biden. The protesters said Obama will continue to ignore gay issues so long as the gay and lesbian community continues to fund the Democratic Party. Despite the protest, the event raised a record $1 million.