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President Obama Featured on OUT Magazine Cover

Posted on: November 12, 2015

Image: President Barack Obama on OUT Magazine

Image: President Barack Obama on OUT Magazine

President Obama has become the first U.S. President to pose for the cover of an LGBT publication. He appears as this year’s face of OUT Magazine’s OUT100 issue as “Ally of the Year.” The list highlights the 100 most influential people in the LGBT community, as determined by OUT. Obama’s views on same-sex marriage have evolved over the course of his presidency, and his landmark cover shows that a change in attitude is possible for anyone.

OUT loves to recognize those who make a difference in the lives of LGBT individuals or promote visibility in the community, and not just through their covers. The magazine also releases a Power 50 issue which profiles 50 high-profile members of the community, including Dan Savage, RuPaul Charles, Shepard Smith, Rachel Maddow, and Ken Mehlman, who recruited over 300 Republican representatives to sign an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of national same-sex marriage.

That brief was eventually heard, and the Obama administration legalized same-sex marriage everywhere in the United Status earlier this year. “Part of being American is having a responsibility to stand up for freedom—not just our own freedom, but for everybody’s freedom,” Obama said to OUT. Our individual stories come together to make one large American story.”

At the start of his presidency Obama did not appear to endorse legal marriage for same-sex couples, but as he entered his second term, he began to voice his changing beliefs, culminating in countrywide recognition of same-sex marriages. President Obama is not the first politician to eventually change his opinion: he is preceded by former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and even actor and former Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In an interview with OUT, the president discusses some of the LGBT individuals who have left lasting impressions on his own life, including a young professor he had at Occidental. Happily, Obama later recognized the professor at a Pride Month reception and thanked him for “influencing the way [he thinks] about so many of these issues.”

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