Obama makes history with State of the Union Address

Sean Weaver

Sean Weaver is a blogger, writer, and reader. He is a graduate student at Kutztown University, Pa studying English. Bodies and sexualities are his expertise.He spends his time being somewhat neurotic about the clothes he wears, the books he reads, the endless papers he writes, and his next hair cut. Queer is his middle name.

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In a groundbreaking State of the Union Address, President Obama made history on 20 January 2015. While it is no surprise that President Obama has made many advancements for the rights of the LGBT+ community, no president in the history of the United States has ever used the words ‘transgender’ or ‘bisexual’ in public.

In the final moments of his speech President Obama states that Americans now ‘condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender’. President Obama also referenced gay marriage as a ‘story of freedom across our country’ and a ‘civil right’ worthy of praise.

See the video below to hear President Obama’s full speech.

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