Barack Obama graces the cover of gay magazine
Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States (US) is now the first sitting president to grace the cover a gay magazine.
Yes. US president Barack Obama appears on the cover of OUT magazine's OUT100 issue as "Ally of the Year."
OUT magazine is an openly gay and lesbian publication which publishes content on style, entertainment, fashion, the arts, politics, culture, and the world at large.
The President also sat down for a Q&A with OUT Magazine where he spoke about the number of strides his administration has made where safeguarding the rights of the LGBT community is concerned.
He revealed that his daughters' attitude towards LGBT members has changed his own views about members of this minority group.
“To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. That’s powerful,” Obama said.
Obama also stated that he was not surprised by the US Supreme Court's decision to make gay marriage legal this year, stating that “there had been a remarkable attitude shift — in hearts and minds — across America."
He also stated that the US is committed to defending the rights of LGBT members worldwide but approaches the subject based on each country's beliefs and tolerance level.
“How we deliver that message may change from country to country. Sometimes I do so in public speeches. Other times, we may do so in private, during meetings with foreign governments. Yes, it can make for some difficult conversations, but the United States will continue to raise our voice on behalf of universal human rights.”
Barack Obama visited Jamaica in April of this year.
At a meeting with young leaders held at the University Of The West Indies, Mona, he raised the issue of homophobia in Jamaica as he called on the country to be more tolerant of the LGBT community.