President Obama will hold a White House gay pride reception on June 22.
Invitations for the event were mailed last week. They say: “The President requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month to be held at The White House.”
The reception begins at 5PM.
Among those invited is openly gay Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.
“Who gets an invitation to the White House,” Pugh said in a video posted Tuesday on Facebook. “I'm just saying, that's pretty good.”
“It's an honor, really, to represent the people of the City of Detroit who were not bigots, who accepted my candidacy for the qualifications I brought to the table and did not in any way judge or reject me because of who I am,” he added.
Earlier Obama declared June gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride month.
The president used the opportunity to cheer on lawmakers as they considered repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from serving openly, and highlight some of the gay rights initiatives advanced by his administration.
Saying that “our Nation draws its strength from our diversity,” Obama called upon Americans to “observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exits.”