In ActivismCivil RightsLGBT on 2009/08/01 at 16:21

DN! Presidential Medal of Freedom to Late Gay Rights Pioneer

And the Obama administration has announced plans to posthumously award the gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor. Milk was assassinated in 1978 after an outspoken career as one of the nations first openly gay elected officials.
(デモクラシー・ナウ!エイミー・グッドマン) オバマ政権は、ゲイ人権運動の先駆者である故ハーヴェイ・ミルクに、民間人に与えられる最高位の勲章「大統領自由勲章 / メダル・オブ・フリーダム」を与えることを発表しました。ミルクは、ゲイであることを公言して、全米で初めて政府公職に選ばれた人の一人です。人権運動の最中、1978に殺害されました。

ホワイトハウス: オバマ大統領、大統領自由勲章授与者16名を発表 / 改革を生んだ16人に民間人最高位勲章が与えられる
President Obama Names Medal of Freedom Recipients
16 Agents of Change to Receive Top Civilian Honor

WASHINGTON – President Obama today named 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

This year’s awardees were chosen for their work as agents of change. Among their many accomplishments in fields ranging from sports and art to science and medicine to politics and public policy, these men and women have changed the world for the better. They have blazed trails and broken down barriers. They have discovered new theories, launched new initiatives, and opened minds to new possibilities.

President Obama said, “These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way.”

“Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive. It is my great honor to award them the Medal of Freedom.”

President Obama will present the awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, August 12.



The President and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception for LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2009.

2009年8月12日 オバマ大統領の授与スピーチ
President Obama Honors Harvey Milk With Presidential Medal of Freedom

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