Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Gay West Sacto Mayor attends WH Pride event

Christopher Cabaldon, the openly gay mayor of West Sacramento, was among the invited dignitaries at tonight’s White House Pride reception.

Posting on Facebook shortly after President Barack Obama addressed the audience, Cabaldon wrote, “Obama showed up and was terrific. Now Biden is here mingling.”

Other Bay Area locals at the June 29 event included gay Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore and bisexual activists Lani Ka’ahumanu and Kuwaza Imara.

Other Californians invited to Obama’s third LGBT reception in honor of Pride month included Courage Campaign Founder Rick Jacobs and Bishop Mary Glasspool of the Diocese of Los Angeles. [A full list of attendees has yet to be released by the White House.]

According to the press pool report, the President did not endorse same-sex marriage. He did allude to it several times in his remarks, based on a transcript sent to reporters following the event.

Obama said he is “hopeful” that progress will continue to be made on LGBT rights. And he noted that much of the advancement is being led by “ordinary citizens” and not Washington leaders.

The comment is rather ironic considering the criticism the President, who continues to say his views on LGBT people marrying are “evolving,” has faced since New York State passed same-sex marriage last week

“It’s propelled not by politics but by love and friendship and a sense of mutual regard and mutual respect.  It’s playing out in legislatures like New York.  (Applause.)  It’s playing out in courtrooms,” said Obama according to the transcript. “It’s playing out in the ballot box, as people argue and debate over how to bring about the changes where we are creating a more perfect union.  But it’s also happening around water coolers.  It’s happening at Thanksgiving tables.  It’s happening on Facebook and Twitter, and at PTA meetings and potluck dinners, and church halls and VFW Halls.

“It happens when a father realizes he doesn’t just love his daughter, but also her partner.  (Applause.),” continued Obama. “It happens when a soldier tells his unit that he’s gay, and they say, well, yeah, we knew that –- (laughter) — but, you know, you’re a good soldier. It happens when a video sparks a movement to let every single young person out there know that they’re not alone.  (Applause.) It happens when people look past their differences to understand our common humanity.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 29, 2011 @ 4:52 pm PST
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