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Obama Surprises Everyone With Appearance At Gay Games

b11340d2-2098-488b-a989-fe6b9becc1deWhen the Gay Games were created in 1982, the United States had a president who blatantly ignored the gay community and their needs. Reagan even feared his own son was gay, and his attitude towards alternative lifestyles was fairly in line with mainstream culture.

Times have certainly changed.

To mark the opening of this year’s Gay Games which kicked off on Saturday in Cleveland, President Obama surprised everyone with a prerecorded speech.

“It’s been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years…We’ve come a long way in our commitment to the equal rights of LGBT people here and around the world. I’m proud of my administrations record and the citizens who’ve helped to push for justice. And I know some of you come from places where it requires courage, even defiance, to come out, and sometimes at great personal risk.”

For more info on this year’s Gay Games lineup, visit the GayCities Gay Games Guide

Watch the president’s full remarks here:

On:           Aug 11, 2014
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    • AxelDC

      Nice to finally have a President who respects the gay community and our contribution to this great nation.

      Aug 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy

      Good on President Obama!!! I wonder if Hillary will do this if she’s elected president?

      Aug 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      @Desert Boy: Hillary will certainly do the same. Did you watch her interview with Ellen DeGeneres, a few years back?

      Aug 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweet Boy

      I am tellling you guys…the US looks every day a bit more like Canada…good for everybody south of the border!

      Aug 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • litper

      Where is that drag queen that sued the gay bear bar? Now it’s her time to shine again and sue the GayGames for not bowing down to the trans propaganda!

      Aug 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thad1527

      The Gay Games are inclusive and open to everyone. Yes, you, gay men. lesbians, people who like gay people, trans people, family members and even I are welcome. Enjoy it. I wish I was in Ohio this week!

      Aug 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Saint Law

      @litper: Oh, sweety, the way you keep banging that key-board you’ll break a nail.

      Aug 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol

      I’m glad President Obama has continued to stand with the LGBT community. I wish he’d speak out more about the terrible police violence against African Americans, though, and do something about the out of control surveillance-security state we’re living in.

      Aug 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy

      @Billy Budd: – No, I don’t watch Ellen.

      Aug 12, 2014 at 2:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Atomicrob

      What a contrast to the right’s hero, Ronald Reagan who was silent on the AIDS crisis and offered no support whatsoever. I appreciate Obama’s leadership on LGBT civil rights issues.

      Aug 12, 2014 at 8:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      It was a great speech, but the real attention of the evening as far as crowd favorites go were the recognition of United States Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown and his wife Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Connie Schultz. That was only really only rivaled by the introduction of the Russian athletes. Russia actually has a pretty decently sized contingent of athletes considering they are all most likely risking life in prison upon return to their country.

      Aug 12, 2014 at 9:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      @litper: Ha, ha, ha! One of the best performances of the night was by a set of three drag queens for the Akron recognition. Drag was definitely a part of the night. The gay games is open to all. We only get anywhere by welcoming those that stand with us.

      Aug 12, 2014 at 9:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      @Saint Law: Oh honey, trained chimps aren’t worried about breaking nails. :)

      Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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