Barack Obama

Obama First Ever President On LGBT Magazine Cover

President Obama will be the first sitting president to appear on the cover of a LGBT magazine.

Out Magazine, named Obama Ally of the Year because of the transformative progress in the LGBT community during his terms, according to Out.com.

Photographed by Ryan Pfluger for Out Magazine

Photographed by Ryan Pfluger for Out Magazine

 

“One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise, that we’re all created equal,” said Obama during an interview with Out. “That’s why, in the Senate, I supported repealing DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]. It’s why, when I ran for president the first time, I publicly asked for the support of the LGBT community, and promised that we could bring about real change for LGBT Americans.”

After Out tweeted the announcement, Twitter was flooded tweets favoring Out’s decision.

The editor-in-chief of Out Magazine, Aaron Hicklin’s full interview with Obama details everything from what set the stage for the momentous gay marriage decision on June 26, 2015 to how he parents Sasha and Malia in the topic of homosexuality.

Obama joins other Out100’s most influential people like Michael Keaton, Joe Zee, Michael Kors and Candis Cayne.

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Cover Photo Credit: Nick Amoscato/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Obama Invites 9th Grader Wrongly Arrested Over Homemade Clock To White House

President Barack Obama took to social media Wednesday to express his support of a Texas teenager who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school.

Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed told the Washington Post that he just wanted to be noticed by his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX but was instead arrested and brought to a juvenile detention center.

The arrest quickly turned into a viral social media campaign calling for solidarity against discrimination about Muslims in the United States. The #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter early Wednesday with over 450 thousand Tweets associated with the phrase.

President Obama also Tweeted his support for Mohamed, even inviting him to the White House.

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