President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to grace the cover of a publication concentrating on LGBT interests when he posed for OUT magazine this month.
The magazine hailed Obama as “Ally of the Year” due to the work he's done for LGBTQ+ rights throughout his two terms.
In an interview with the magazine, Obama insisted he has been an ally since childhood.
My mom instilled in me the strong belief that every person is of equal worth. At the same time, growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside. One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we're all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American Dream just because of who they are.
The leader of the free world cited his upbringing as motivation for appealing to the LGBTQ+ community during his run for the presidency and, once in office, supporting the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
His own daughters, Sasha and Malia, are apparently growing up with even more encouraging views of equality.
The president said,
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… The next generation is spurring change not just for future generations, but for my generation, too. As president, and as a dad, that makes me proud. It makes me hopeful.
Proud to honor the president, the magazine tweeted a link to the interview.
Supporters praised Obama and OUT for the cover story.
Though not everyone will agree with Obama's politics, a president who supports equality for all is doing something right.