Obama uses Twitter to tout LGBT record

Obama takes to Twitter to advertise the LGBT highlights of his administration

Obama uses Twitter to tout LGBT record
21 April 2012

President Barack Obama used Twitter to point to his gay and lesbian record. Yesterday, 20 April, his team created a list called 'Progress for the LGBT Community.'

'Together, we've fought for equal rights for LGBT Americans–and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is just one example of the progress we've achieved since President Obama took office,' the page announces.

After that brief introduction, a rainbow colored timeline notes gay and lesbian specific milestones. The first is from June 2009, when Obama ordered that the same-sex partners of federal employees be eligible for benefits. The last highlight is from last month; the Veterans Health Administration started to pay attention to  transgendered veterans.

This guide was published immediately after LGBT advocacy groups voiced disappointment that Obama did not sign an executive order banning LGBT workplace discrimination.

'We are extremely disappointed with this decision and will continue to advocate for an executive order from the president,' said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese in a statement. 'The unfortunate truth is that hard-working Americans can be fired simply for being gay or transgender.'

According to present polls, Obama will need as many LGBT voters as possible because the upcoming November election will be extremely close. The Pew Research Center recently noted the incumbent 'holds a slim 49 percent to 45 percent advantage' over assumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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