On Jan. 20, President Barack Obama will leave office with an unprecedented record on LGBT rights. Thanks to his leadership, and that of Vice President Joe Biden and other allies in the federal workforce, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is a thing of the past, federally funded hospitals can’t turn away LGBT patients and their loved ones, and schools that receive federal funding must ensure transgender students can go to class free from discrimination.
Yet President Obama’s most important legacy may be a less tangible one. Under his leadership, LGBT equality has moved from being a niche issue to an integral part of the progressive movement.
The above excerpt was originally published in Washington Blade.
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