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PROGRESS

for the

LGBT COMMUNITY

Together, weve fought hard for equal rights for LGBT Americans, and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is only one example of the progress we've achieved over the last three years. Take a look at a timeline of steps President Obama has taken for LGBT equality since taking o ce, and share it with your friends.

2009
JUNE 17 OCTOBER 21
Ordered federal government to extend key benets to same-sex partners of federal employees Hosted rst White House LGBT Pride Reception in history Awarded the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, to Billie Jean King and Harvey Milk Created a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders

2010
JANUARY 1 JUNE 22
Ended discrimination based on gender identity in the federal government Released Americas rst comprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness, which includes homeless LGBT youth

2011
JANUARY 20
government housing programs are available to all eligible people, including LGBT community

OCTOBER 28

JANUARY 4

Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law

Lifted the ban that prohibited people with

JUNE 29

FEBRUARY 14

Proposed more funding for such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education, and bullying and prevention LGBT priorities

AUGUST 12

United States

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center to work with LGBT foster youth

MARCH 23

Enacted the A ordable Care Act, reforming health care in America by lowering costs,

AUGUST 19 SEPTEMBER 2 SEPTEMBER 20 DECEMBER 6 SEPTEMBER 7

entering the

OCTOBER 1

HIV/AIDS from

Awarded a grant to the

AUGUST 18

Ensured that

Claried the meaning of family to include LGBT relationships, helping to protect bi-national families threatened by deportation Supported lesbian widow Edith Windsor in her suit against DOMA Issued guidance to foster safer working environment for transgender federal employees Strengthened enforcement of same-sex hospital visitation rights and decision making Implemented the Repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell Issued a presidential memorandum creating rst-ever U.S. government strategy dedicated to combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad.

teen suicide

OCTOBER 21

expanding choice, and improving health care quality

President Obama recorded It Gets Better video

FEBRUARY 23 MARCH 10 MARCH 31

Declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and announced the administration will no longer defend its constitutionality in court Hosted a Conference on Bullying Prevention at the White House Completed an Institute of Medicine study on LGBT health, the rst of its kind

APRIL 15

Ensured hospital medical decision-making rights for gay and lesbian patients

DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22

visitation and

Led a United Nations measure that restored sexual orientation to the denition of human rights

JUNE 9

Allowed trans Americans to receive true gender passports without surgery Signed the Repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell

JUNE 22

Claried the Family and Medical Leave Act ensuring family leave for LGBT employees