Barack Obama sends a Valentine to LGBT community
Barack Obama has sent a Valentine’s Day message to the LGBT community.
The President, who has become a strong supporter of marriage rights and LGBT equality in recent years, was showing the love for the LGBT community this weekend.
After last week’s visit to the Ellen Show where he discussed LGBT rights – and sent a Valentine to first Lady Michelle Obama – President Obama took to Twitter on Valentine’s Day to promote equality.
He wrote: “No matter who you are or whom you love, celebrate #Valentines Day with pride. #LoveIsLove
“Stand against discrimination—join the fight for equality.”
He asked people to back his “#LoveIsLove” campaign ahead of a push for LGBT non-discrimination laws in Congress.
Speaking to Ellen last week, President Obama said: “Changing hearts and minds, I don’t think anyone has been more influential than you,” he tells her.
“You being willing to claim who you were, [it] suddenly empowers other people.
“The law has followed, but it started with folks like you.”
DeGeneres joked: “I’m not really gay. I just thought it would work, and I’ve had to stick with it because people responded well.”
The host often uses her show as a platform to talk about LGBT stories and issues as part of the line-up, and has interviewed a number of prominent guests – from Caitlyn Jenner to Obama himself.