Monday, June 29, 2009

Rainbow Sorbet For First Ever White House LGBT Pride Reception

In another White House first, President Obama will host an LGBT Pride Month reception this afternoon to mark both the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the Presidential Proclamation that designated the month of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. About 300 guests are expected, including families, couples, volunteers, activists, advocates, leaders and grassroots members of the LGBT community, as well as students from gay organizations and PFLAG families.

Staffers have not given the event extensive publicity, nor released a guest list, but the White House is billing the event as a celebration, akin to the festive affairs the administration held on St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. An invited guest said the invitation included an offer to bring a companion.

“They want people to understand that their partners are welcome,’’ the anonymous source said.

The fountains at the White House are not running rainbow colors today, however. The President recently signed a memo giving limited benefits to the partners of federal LGBT employees.

*On the White House blog, Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, writes about President Obama, equality initiatives, and the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, here.

*White House image from Getty