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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Celebrating Pride: A Joyful Declaration at the White House

The First Lady Of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden addressing the guests at the White House Pride Celebration 2024
The First Lady Of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden addressing the guests at the White House Pride Celebration 2024

In a momentous celebration of pride and resilience, the White House South Lawn transformed into a vibrant symbol of inclusivity and unity as First Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcomed guests from across the nation to commemorate LGBTQ+ families and their profound contributions to American society.


White House South Lawn during the Pride Celebration 2024
White House South Lawn during the Pride Celebration 2024

Joined by esteemed members of Congress, including Governor Polis and a cadre of dedicated officials from Joe Biden’s administration, Dr. Biden expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Gill Foundation for their pivotal role in making the event possible. Acknowledging the transformative power of music, she commended DJ TRYFE for crafting the perfect soundtrack that infused the gathering with joy.


Standing amidst a diverse crowd that epitomized the mosaic of America, Dr. Biden articulated the essence of home beyond its physical confines. "Home isn’t always a place," she reflected, "it’s the bonds we build through choice and chance."

She spoke of the profound connections that define us, those that resonate deep within and sustain us through life's trials.


Yet, amidst the celebration, Dr. Biden acknowledged the challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in states enacting laws targeting their rights.


"When our homes are threatened, when they strip away our rights and deny our basic humanity, we say: Not on our watch," she declared passionately, underscoring the resilience and determination that defines the community.

Reflecting on historic milestones, Dr. Biden celebrated recent victories under the Biden administration, including the reaffirmation of marriage equality and the end of discriminatory bans on blood donation by gay and bisexual men.


She highlighted President Biden's unwavering commitment to equality, from the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to the recognition of transgender Americans' right to serve openly in the military.


Highlighting a poignant gesture of justice earlier that day, Dr. Biden shared news of President Biden's pardon of service members unjustly court martialed for their sexual orientation, honoring their sacrifices and the broader LGBTQ+ military community.


Statement shared by @POTUS across social media on June 26, 2024
Statement shared by @POTUS across social media on June 26, 2024

As the celebration drew to a close, Dr. Biden urged attendees, especially children, to revel in the moment and carry its spirit forward. "You are never alone," she assured them, echoing a sentiment of solidarity and support that resonated throughout her address.

In a final message of love and affirmation, Dr. Biden declared, "I love you. Your President loves you." With these words, she encapsulated the spirit of Pride: a celebration of identity, community, and the enduring quest for equality.


As attendees departed, carrying with them the spirit of celebration and determination, Dr. Biden's message rang clear: the journey towards equality continues, emboldened by moments of joy and solidarity such as this.


Source: The White House, June 26, 2024

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