The president covers the new issue of ‘Out’ as the magazine’s “ally of the year.”
President Barack Obama covers Out magazine’s new Out100 2015 issue, becoming the first sitting president to be photographed for the cover of an LGBT publication.
The magazine’s editors call it a “historic moment in itself” and a statement on how much the Obama administration has done for LGBT rights. In an article introducing the cover the editors write, “The 44th President of the United States is our Ally of the Year—a president who came to office on a wave of euphoria, appeared to lose momentum halfway through, and has since rallied, helping us secure marriage equality, among other landmark initiatives that are transforming our place in America.”
Obama sat down with the publication’s editor-in-chief, Aaron Hicklin, for an interview. Hicklin wrote that Obama and his administration have “ushered extraordinary change into the lives of LGBT Americans.” He said his ” evolution on marriage equality has been something to behold.”
Here are highlights from Obama’s interview:
On when he realized LGBT equality would be a key focus of his administration:
“This really goes back to when I was a kid, because my mom instilled in me the strong belief that every person is of equal worth. At the same time, growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside. One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we’re all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American dream just because of who they are.”
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter – Lorena O’Neil