Pride Reception

June 29th, 2011

After outlining his views on gay marriage at a news conference earlier today — he stopped short of endorsing it — President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House for various gay pride groups to further discuss his position.

According to White House officials, the reception observing LGBT Pride Month included invited Administration officials, elected officials and LGBT grassroots and community leaders from around the country.

The list of expected attendees:

Administration Officials:
John Berry, Director of the US Office of Personnel Management
Nancy Sutley, Chair, CEQ
Brad Kiley, Director of the White House Office of Management and Administration

Elected Officials:
Hon. Blake Oshiro, Majority Leader, Hawaii State House, HI
Hon. Dwight Chong, Hawaii State House, HI
Hon. Jeanette Oxford, Missouri General Assembly, MO
Hon. Diane Sands, Montana House of Representatives, MT
Hon. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor West Sacramento, CA
Hon. Darryl Moore, Berkley City Council, CA

Community Leaders:
Sue Fulton, Former US Army Captain
Antonio “Dave” Garcia, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo LGBT Center
Bishop Mary Glasspool, Diocese of Los Angeles
Harriet Hancock, Founder of the Columbia South Carolina LGBT Community Center
Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign
Verna St. Clair King, Civil Rights Activist
Caleb Laieski , Anti-Bullying Activist
Marisa Richmond, Transgender and Civil Rights Activist
Glenn Magpantay, LGBT AAPI Civil Rights Attorney
Olivia Tai, LGBT College Youth Leader
Dontaee Williamson, LGBT High School Youth Leader

Oshiro (D, Aiea-Halawa) was the primary author of legislation signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to legalize civil unions in Hawaii for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Dwight Chong is better known to constituents as “Pono.”

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