President Barack Obama has made history by becoming the first sitting president to be featured on the cover of an LGBT magazine.
Obama was named "Ally Of The Year" in the 2015 Out 100 issue of Out Magazine. How cool is that?
He had this to say about spreading equality throughout America:
"When we talk about LGBT issues, we emphasize the importance of universal human rights — the right to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly and the importance of non-violence, non-discrimination, and equality under the law — and those don't change or go away just because someone is a member of the LGBT community. So, while some people try to claim that homosexuality doesn't exist in their culture or that we are trying to impose "foreign" values, the truth is that LGBT people are members of all societies and the protection of human rights is a universal value. "
He seems optimistic that the next generation will be more accepting:
"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. My sense is that a lot of parents across the country aren't going to want to sit around the dinner table and try to justify to their kids why a gay teacher or a transgender best friend isn't quite as equal as someone else. That's also why it's so important to end harmful practices like conversion therapy for young people and allow them to be who they are. 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. "
Here's hoping that his vision of the future becomes a reality very soon.