President Barack Obama stance on LGBT issues has earned him the title of Ally of the Year from OUT Magazine.
As well as this, Obama is now the very first sitting president to be photographed for the cover of an LGBT publication.
The President also sat down with an interview with the magazine, touching on his various influences on his relationship with the LGBT community, both before and after taking office.
Unsurprisingly, one of Obama’s biggest influencers was his own mother, who said that “every person was of equal worth” and his openly gay Occidental professor and friend Dr. Lawrence Goldyn.
Obama said, regarding the professor: “He went out of his way to advise lesbian, gay and transgender students… and keep in mind, this was 1978. That took a lot of courage, a lot of confidences in who you are and what you stand for.”
Obama also said that he knew there had been a remarkable “attitude shift — in hearts and minds — across America”, even before the landmark SCOTUS decision that legalised gay marriage across the country. His source for this claim – the generational difference he sees with his own daughters and their friends.
“To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couple should be treated any differently. That’s powerful.”