President Obama: Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair Shows “America Is More Accepting Of People” — WATCH VIDEO HERE!
Obama’s comment was featured in a video message that played during Thursday’s taping of Logo’s “Trailblazer Honors,” which will air on Saturday. The awards ceremony, now in its second year, highlights accomplishments in the LGBT community, and this year’s festivities will also celebrate the network’s 10th anniversary. In his remarks, the President says it’s not just a milestone for the channel, but a sign of “extraordinary progress for our country.”
He continues, “When this network aired its first show, gay marriage was a political wedge issue used to divide us. 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 name. 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.”
Obama goes on to note that while there is still “plenty of work to do together,” the evening “is a reminder that when everybody does their part, when every voice is heard, change is not just possible — change is inevitable.” He adds, “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.”
The President previously complimented Jenner earlier this month, when the Vanity Fair issue was released. After Jenner joined Twitter and expressed how happy she was to finally be living her “true self,” Obama retweeted the message, and added, “It takes courage to share your story.” Interestingly, Jenner’s Twitter arrival ended up breaking Obama’s record for the fastest person to one million followers.
Check out the video of Obama’s “Trailblazer Honors” comments below. What do you think of the President’s points?