President Obama made only one reference to gays during the State of the Union address Tuesday night, but Wednesday morning the White House went all-out on the first-ever National Gay-Straight Alliance Day. LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan posted a blog on WhiteHouse.gov that includes this excerpt:
Bullying is an epidemic that has gone ignored for too long, and far too many of our young people are targeted and harassed based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. But across the country, Gay-Straight Alliances and other similar student groups are taking important steps to address these issues.
Last year, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and others welcomed students, parents, and teachers in addition to non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers to the White House for a Conference on Bullying Prevention. Also last year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote a "Dear Colleague" letter to school districts across the country in support of Gay-Straight Alliances. And today, on the occasion of the first-ever National Gay-Straight Alliance Day, Secretary Duncan has taped a video message to students, teachers, and allies to re-emphasize the Obama Administration's commitment to safe schools for all students.