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President Obama is used to making history. He’s the first Black President of the United States, the first African-American to be elected president of the Harvard Law Review, the first POTUS to pass comprehensive health care reform, the first president to visit a federal prison while in office, the first president to travel to Kenya and Ethiopia, and now he’s the first sitting president to photographed for the cover of a LGBT magazine.

The president’s latest first is courtesy of Out Magazine, which named President Obama its Ally of the Year because of his advocacy on LGBT issues.

“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,” Out’s editors wrote.

In an interview with the magazine, Mr. Obama said he believes attitudes toward the LGBT community are shifting, especially for the younger generation.

“To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense,” the president said. “It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. That’s powerful.”

While the push for marriage equality and LGBT rights remains controversial for some, particularly those in the religion community, President Obama says we should all adhere to the law.

“I am a man of faith and believe deeply in religious freedom, but at the end of the day, nobody is above the rule of law — especially someone who voluntarily takes an oath to uphold that law,” he said. “That’s something we’ve got to respect.”

Read President Obama’s entire interview with Out on the magazine’s website

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  • HighFashionJunkie

    Yeah Obama!!

  • There is no question that the President is the most progressive President on this issue than any other President in history. So, I’m not shocked by the cover.

    • Charles Johnson

      caitlyn jenner? hahah j/k

    • Charles Johnson

      i stand corrected she’s on the list

    • It is what it is.

    • blogdiz

      Hes is an advocate for everyone except black people .when it comes to his track record for black people then and only then you hear ,,,,well he is the President for all of America

    • Charles Johnson

      intersectionality: janet mock, deray mckeson (sic), roxanne gaye

    • blogdiz

      I don’t think intersectionality means what you think it means or is an appropriate rebuttal to my post and yes I know black people are LBGT too

    • Charles Johnson

      meh,

    • I understand where you’re coming from. The President should talk more about black liberation. He’s a centrists on many issues. He done the right thing on supporting the settlement to black farmers and he has done things that I don’t agree with (especially on foreign policy, which is very hawkish in my view). We can stand up for black liberation and abhor bigotry too.

    • vintage3000

      And Black people were his main supporters in both elections, by a large margin. In one of the swing states, exit polls showed 99.9% of the black voters voted for him.

      Meanwhile earlier today he went to the mat (again) for illegal aliens because his reform bill was shot down. And there is a colorofchange petition from Sandra Bland’s family; they desperately need support to persuade the justice dept. to investigate how she left this life, and who did stole it from her. Its getting to the point I cannot stand to see Obama’s face.

    • blogdiz

      I know Right
      On a slightly adjacent note did you see that heartbreaking story of the 6 yr old that was killed by marshals after a car chase with his Dad? Well by the NEXT day the police talking heads were making vague statements distancing themselves from the shooters and in less than a week two cops were arrested and their actions condemned in no uncertain terms.
      Well the boy is white and the killer cops were black (sure its a coincidence) in the meantime a YEAR later the DA in Tamar Rices case is acting more like the Cops personal defense lawyer releasing study after study suggesting shooting was justified…..

    • Guest

      No one should be shocked by this.

    • blogdiz

      Shocked no …Saddened yes

    • vintage3000

      Yes i saw that tragedy and I believe those black cops would have still been arrested even without the body cam footage. And the disparity you noted with Tamir Rice is striking. Now prosecutors are putting murdered Black people, even kids with toy guns, on trial to defend white cops. But yeah yaaay the gays can get married now.

    • CoolChic

      The blue code of silence is for white cops only. Notice white folks are not screaming blue lives matter in this case. I hope every black cop realizes that before they cover for their white brethren.

    • You’re completely correct.

    • Pema

      I thought I was alone in feeling that way. I am not an Obama fan.

    • Brad

      We’ll enjoy looking at Hillary’s for at least the next 4 years.

    • blogdiz

      Well hopefully people will have no illusions about who she is and what she is about .Surely showed her true colors in 2008 against Obama ..But then what do I know Black people are infamous for their short memories ..shrug

    • vintage3000

      I dont support Hilary, so I don’t expect her to do anything for Black people.

    • Me

      I don’t expect any of the current candidates to do anything for black folks. Obama blew our one shot.

    • Pema

      I’m not a Hillary fan either and will definitely be voting against her.

    • Brad

      Feeling the Burn huh ;-)

    • That seems to be the case unfortunately. Hillary is known for her advocacy of militarism and her connections with Wall Street interests.

    • CoolChic

      Agreed.

  • Darkness901

    Not surprised…

  • Kwazi Style

    Exactly what is it “we” would like to see Obama do for black people? unlike the LGBT community “we” can marry and have civil/equal rights under the law. That is the only thing he is attempting to secure for the LGBT group. He is the Pres of the “US” not black people even though he has created programs like “my brothers keeper” which focuses on young men in the inner city and proposed less harsh sentencing for non-violent crimes which also effect the black community.

    I just dont get what it is that “we” expect him to do that “we” ourselves wont.

    • vintage3000

      “and have civil/equal rights under the law”

      1) Aside from the right to marry, what ‘civil/equal rights under the law’ do Black people have in this country when people who are being paid with our tax dollars are getting away with assaulting/murdering us on a weekly basis?

      2) Unarmed members of the white LGBT community may not have had the right to marry previously, but they could generally move about freely without being arrested and attacked for driving while smoking, jaywalking, carrying toy guns, swimming at a pool and sitting in a classroom.

      3) “I just dont get what it is that “we” expect him to do that “we” ourselves wont.”

      Gee I didn’t know “we” have the power to influence the Attorney General to start keeping tabs on how many people are killed in the U.S. by cops every year, and to also report the races of victims killed by cops. The Justice Dept. has steadfastly REFUSED to at least begin counting how many people of any color are killed by cops every year, good thing there are advocacy groups who do this for us. At last count it was about 1,000 Americans this year alone killed by police, God knows how many of them were unarmed and Black.

      I also didn’t know that “we” could have included in the President’s Police Reform Proposal measures that would not make it so damn easy for a murdering cop to walk away from their crime. You ever wonder how the white cop who killed Eric Garner could kill him in broad daylight, smile and wave at the camera afterwards and he hasn’t done one day in jail, and it’s almost impossible to bring him to court for civil rights abuses? Former AG Eric Holder included a very strong chapter in this same reform proposal that would make it easier to bring cops like this to trial. When Holder left, Obama’s task force on changing policing in America had no traces of Holder’s most drastic ideas that would make it substantially easier to make cops accountable for murder. Maybe Obama was too busy making sure gays could get married, you think?

      Black people who say uninformed, trite stuff like “he is not the president of Black America, what do ya’ll expect him to do” have no idea there are federal standards and laws that the president has the authority to challenge and eventually try to change. Just like he continues to challenge his opponents on allowing millions of illegal aliens in this country. He wants the Dream Act, etc. to be part of his legacy. “My Brother’s Keeper” is cute, right now we need protection under the law from government employees who are hell bent on moving the calendar back a few decades.

      But you keep on thinking ‘he is the president of all america’ while we continue to see our people being shot down in the streets, and the most forceful action he has taken thus far about policy brutality is coin the term “teachable moment”.

    • Kwazi Style

      I apologize… Thanks for informing me that he IS the president of Black America not the US… my bad.

    • vintage3000

      No need to apologize, the only thing you are informed about is being all happy we have a Black president, and that is enough for you. You have the opportunity to educate yourself about policy changes and laws in this country but why bother? Black folks live in the white house, yaaaay.

    • Kwazi Style

      Wait! Obama is black? I thought bi-racial people weren’t considered black? #sarcasm

      But all BS aside… we can agree to disagree w/o all of the negative assumptions about the level of one’s education on a matter, how informed they are, or what they are happy about.

      Enjoy the rest of your day and stay positive.

    • vintage3000

      No negative assumptions, either. Whenever I have had this same convo with others and mention actual measures the president can take, it’s always the same-no direct replies to the actual comments made.

      You have a great day, also.

    • blogdiz

      She said nothing of the sort just admit that you are unable to logically refute any of her well researched points and fall back on your lazy and might I add worn out rhetoric

    • Kwazi Style

      Yall are feisty today… I’m entitled to my opinion as are you all. I wont change your mind and thats ok… just as you wont change mine.. As previously stated lets just agree to disagree and move on because its taking a negative turn, one i’m not interested in participating in. There are plenty of other people in these comment sections ready and willing to spar with you all day. As for me.. I’m going back to work.

    • blogdiz

      “I just dont get what it is that “we” expect him to do that “we” ourselves wont” .

      YOU asked a question, It was answered and then you were stumped how is anyone sparring with you or trying to change your opinion ? BWA HAH HAH ……Typical

    • vintage3000

      ITA–thank you, it is def typical. Black people with this reasoning act like we are asking Obama for slavery reparations out of his salary. We are American citizens who should not have to ask any president (regardless of their color) for protection from people who are legally murdering us. And it makes me think if Obama was white, these same people critiquing aware Black folks would agree with us. But they give him a pass cuz he’s Black.

    • blogdiz

      What did he do for the LBGT community and the Hispanic community that they themselves couldnt ?

    • vintage3000

      Excellent point. As powerful as the gay white male demo is, even they could not have made marriage equality a law without the president. But Black people are supposed to stop police brutality on our own and not criticize Obama-smh.