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Trans Man Proposes To Girlfriend at White House LGBT Celebration

At the White House reception for LGBT advocates on Friday, one attendee decided to make the event just a little bit more special: he proposed to his girlfriend. (See proposal at the 1:55 mark)

Scout, a trans man who goes by one name, waited a few minutes after President Obama spoke to guests to drop to one knee and asked partner Liz Margolies to marry him.

“I memorized some things but I kind of forgot half of them,” Scout told The Huffington Post right after. He listed some of them: “Because the last three and a half years, you have been an amazing adventure. Because you try harder than anyone in the world. Because while I’m a little scared to spend the rest of my life with you, because you’re so damn fierce, I’m also amazingly excited about the possibility.”

“All I remember hearing is, ‘You’ll be a better person,'” Margolies said.

After Scout, who works for the Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity, proposed, Margolies, executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, hesitated—she’s long been leery of the institution. But eventually she got her head together and said yes. By the time guests started taking pictures and congratulating the couple, she was proudly flashing her pink gold ring.

So much for cold feet.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jun 18, 2012
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  • 18 Comments
    • Belize
      Belize

      JASON: “Transgenders?! Allow me to think of some irrelevant insults about their looks because they offend my simple provincial logic.”

      JAYKAY: “Transgenders?! Allow me to think of some inane one-liner I can put here to distract me from the hopeless sadness of my own existance.”

      I love you boys. :)

      Jun 18, 2012 at 9:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EmmaMTF
      EmmaMTF

      I usually despise transmen, but this was actually pretty cute. Bravo.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      Scout?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      Media whoring 101

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lucas
      Lucas

      That’s nice but Trans people have nothing to do with bisexuals, gays, or lesbians.

      Yes this is being a media whore.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carlos
      Carlos

      EmmaFTM why do you as a trans person despise MTF?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      If this is a transMAN proposing to his GIRLfriend, isn’t this STRAIGHT news? Thanks anyway, but not interested.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Louis
      Louis

      This illustrates very nicely how ridiculous the concept of LGBT really is. This man wants – no, demands – that the world respect and acknowledge his “gender identity” as a male. He is proposing to a female. He is a straight man. He can only be linked to lesbians to the extent that you are willing to denigrate his gender identity. If you respect him for what he says he is, he isn’t a lesbian. Yet LGBs are forced to lose issue after issue because they are obligated to put the issues of mostly-straight “trans” activists ahead of their own interests?

      No. “LGBT” is why we don’t have federal employment protections, why LGBs have no job protections in Anchorage and Manhattan, KS and why we may well lose our hard won protections in Lincoln, Nebraska this year. Had we allowed “LGBT” to dictate our approach to repealing DADT, the ban would still be in place and thousands of LGBs would continue to be hurt for another generation or longer. I am not against making sacrifices, but I would never sacrifice anything for a lie. And LGBT is a lie.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kate
      Kate

      Congratulations but most LGB people are sick and tired of hearing about media whore Transmen like Warren Beatty’s kid, Chaz Bono, the “pregnant” man, and now this guy.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GreatGatsby2011
      GreatGatsby2011

      Wow, the transphobes are really laying it on thick today.

      Question. Did you all get together after last night’s Klan meeting and decide to do this, or did you all individually just wake up this morning and think yourself: “I’m going to be as nasty, hateful, and bigoted as I can today because my life is so miserable and empty that I just have absolutely nothing better to do.”?

      I certainly hope it’s the former but, in all likelihood, it’s the latter.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HatersBeGone
      HatersBeGone

      It may not be “gay” news but it certainly is queer news. Why is there is so much hate from some gay men towards transmen? It wouldn’t surprise me if these same transphobes were also misogynists.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lil' Lezzie
      Lil' Lezzie

      @Kate: This kind of transphobia doesn’t reflect the opinions of “most LGB people” I know. It’s never ok, but it seems especially silly when you’re disparaging someone who is actively working for the rights of all LGBT people.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • what?
      what?

      “Scout, who works for the Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity, proposed, Margolies, executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, hesitated”

      they don’t seem to have a problem fighting for lgb rights so why should you bigots have a problem fighting for theirs? selfish a-holes.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eli
      Eli

      Congratulations to the happy couple. And thank you for Queerty for not caving to the rampant transphobia on this website’s comments section.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim
      Tim

      HatersBeGone-Trans people are NOT part of the LGB community, and they are NOT queer.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dana
      Dana

      @what?: No one has a problem supporting his rights. What we have a problem with is trans activists attaching themselves to the gay rights movement and relabeling it “LGBT.” There is no such thing as LGBT and it is an insult to every gay person to say that being gay is to share a fundamental identity with crossdressers and transsexuals. It is just as insulting to tell a trans man, that he is not really a man but kind of a like woman who loves women. LGBT is an offensive lie.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA
      1equalityUSA

      I think our community is strong enough to bear the burden of our brothers and sisters held in the death grip of hatred and bigotry. LGBT is ok with me.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lol
      Lol

      Lol. I’m transgender and queer. And gay men hate transmen because they are sad old and gay

      Jun 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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