The President of the United States is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a reception for LGBT people at the White House.

The event will be held on June 29th.

“Next Monday’s event is a chance for the White House to recognise the accomplishments of LGBT Americans,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye said.

“Invited guests include families, volunteers and activists, and community leaders.

“This event was long planned as a way to applaud these individuals during Pride month.”

Barack Obama’s election as President last November brought hope to many in the gay community, but since he took office in January there has been frustration at the slow pace of change on issues like gays in the military.

Out gay Congressman Barney Frank has urged LGBT people to stick with Obama.

“The notion that if someone doesn’t agree with you 100 percent, then you shouldn’t be supportive of him, versus someone who disagrees with you 100 percent, is very bad politics,” he said.