Former president Barack Obama recorded a speech in celebration of Pride this weekend calling it “one of America’s defining victories for Civil Rights.”
Obama’s speech was shared on LogoTV’s YouTube page ahead of the celebration, scheduled for 1 p.m. E.T. Friday.
“We’re almost 51 years since the night, when the patrons at the Stonewall Inn stood up for their rights and set off one of America’s defining victories for civil rights,” Obama began.
“Because of the movement they sparked and the decades of work that followed, marriage equality became the law of the land five years ago, he added.
Obama, who famously lit the White House with rainbow colors to celebrate the 2015 landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex unions added, “And just this month, the Supreme Court ruled that employers can no longer discriminate against LGBTQ workers,” referring to last week’s surprising 6-3 decision, that found that sex discrimination does protect people who are fired or discriminated against at work for being LGBTQ.
“The struggle and triumph for LGBTQ rights shows how protest and politics go hand in hand, how we’ve got to both shine a light on injustice and translate those aspirations into specific laws and institutional practices.”