White House Preparing Stonewall 40 Proclamation for June

Central Voice San Francisco Correspondent Michael Petrelis tells us President Obama is preparing a Stonewall 40 proclamation. Petrelis has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Raw Story, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and Stars & Stripes.

As reported by Petrelis:

Back in March, I had an idea regarding some proper national attention for the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City that launched the modern gay political movement – ask President Barack Obama to sign a proclamation commemorating this milestone.

President Obama

President Obama

My friend Patricia Nell Warren, author of the classic gay novel “The Front Runner” and a civil rights advocate for many years, agreed to draft such a proclamation for me to submit to the White House.

Since then, I’ve communicated with Brian Bond, an openly gay man in the White House Office of Public Liaison, about whether the LGBT community could depend on the president to build on the fabulous letter he sent last June to the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club of San Francisco.

Today, Brian sent me this fabulous bit of news:

A draft is being prepared as we speak in preparation for June. First one since 2000!

Interesting that Bill Clinton issued a presidential proclamation honoring LGBT pride month in June 2000, his last year in the Oval Office, and Obama is getting ready to put forward a similar proclamation in his first year as president. Nice bit of progress!

Big shout of gratitude to Patricia for penning a wonderful draft proclamation, that got this ball rolling, and to Brian for advocating inside the White House for our president to honor Stonewall 40 next month.

I can’t wait to read the Stonewall 40 proclamation from Obama in a few short weeks. And to also say, “Thanks, Mr. President.”


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