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Gay celebrities react to US President Barack Obama's gay-inclusive inaugural address

Neil Patrick Harris tweets that he's 'proud to be an American'

Gay celebrities react to US President Barack Obama's gay-inclusive inaugural address

US President Barack Obama’s historic call for gay and lesbian equality during his inaugural address Monday (21 January) led to kudos from many gay celebrities.

Neil Patrick Harris, the openly gay star of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, proclaimed Obama’s speech ‘brilliant’ in his Twitter account.

‘Inspiring stuff,’ Harris tweeted. ‘I’m very proud to be an American.’

Multiple Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairpray, Torch Song Trilogy) immediately tweeted this line from Obama’s speech: ‘Our Journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.’

Fierstein then added: ‘If someone tells you that it doesn’t matter who we vote for, point to this day and educate them. It matters. In fact, it’s life & death.’

Anderson Cooper quickly noted that the speech marked the first ‘time a president of US in an inaugural speech has called for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans.’

Cooper noted that Obama also referenced the Stonewall riots in his speech, the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that are credited with launching the modern day fight for LGBT equality.

It Gets Better founder and columnist Dan Savage tweeted: ‘That was the first time a gay bar got name checked at presidential inauguration, right? Can I get a fact check?’

Grammy winning saxophonist Dave Koz called the speech ‘amazing’ and ‘historic’ and also tweeted that he is ‘very hopeful for the next four years.’

Bravo TV personality Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live as well as reunions of the various shows in the Real Housewives franchise, enthusiastically tweeted throughout the ceremony on everything from Michelle Obama’s attire to Kelly Clarkson’s performance of My Country Tis of Thee.

But he had the most enthusiasm for Obama’s speech tweeting: ‘Yes! Equality. Thank you Mr. President.’

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