The commander in chief nodded at the Olympian’s recent transition as an example of how accepting Americans can be. His moving speech was relayed via video and will air Saturday as part of the network’s second annual awards ceremony, which is the only televised LGBT awards ceremony in America.
“Tonight is a chance to celebrate, not just ten years of Logo, but ten years of extraordinary progress for our country,” Obama said.
“When this network aired its first show, gay marriage was a political wedge issue used to divide us,” he continued. “Today the majority of Americans live in states where they can get married, no matter who they love. Today ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is history.
“We passed the hate crime law that bears Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.’s names. And all you have to do is look at this month’s cover of Vanity Fair to see how America is more accepting of people for who they truly are.”
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He concluded: “We still have plenty of work to do together, but tonight is a reminder that when everybody does their part, when every voice is heard, change is not just possible – change is inevitable.
“So here’s to ten extraordinary years, and all the years to come. Let’s keep standing together to make sure every American is treated with dignity and respect they deserve.”
Earlier this week, Kris Jenner finally spoke out about her ex’s transition. “I think it’s amazing,” Kris, 59, said. “I think that someone following their dream is truly inspirational to a lot of people you have to do what makes you happy.”