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:

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