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White House Sets LGBT Pride Month Reception for June 15, Sends Out Invites

Obama 500w.jpg[Photo: President Obama at the White House LGBT Pride Month Reception in June 2011. (Photo by Ward Morrison.)]

This year’s White House LGBT Pride Month Reception, an annual happening at the Obama White House, is slated for June 15 this year, the White House confirms this evening.

Invitations were received today by several individuals who have been invited to attend this year’s White House LGBT Pride Month reception. According to the invitation, the event is due to be held at 4 p.m. June 15.

This year’s event, which will be held a little more than a month after President Obama announced that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, also comes as advocates continue to press for action on other issues, including a reversal of the April 11 decision not to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The 2011 reception was held on June 29, and Obama there told attendees, “I’ve met my commitments to the LGBT community. I have delivered on what I promised.” With “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” gone and the president on the side of marriage equality, it’s no doubt that more attendees will agree with that assessment this year than did last year.

UPDATE @ 9:15P: Politico’s Byron Tau also notes that the Obama campaign is beginning its LGBT campaign outreach with a conference call featuring outgoing Human Rights Campaign president and Obama campaign co-chair Joe Solmonese — along with the campaign’s LGBT outreach director, Jamie Citron — on Wednesday morning, May 23.