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WATCH: First Openly Gay Inaugural Poet Delivers ‘One Today’

Richard Blanco, who is openly gay and the son of Cuban exiles, was invited to compose an original poem to commemorate President Obama’s second inauguration. Here is video of Blanco sharing that poem, “One Today,” with the full text below.

Think Progress LGBT
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January 22, 2013
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Inaugural Prayer Marks Changed LGBT Rights Landscape

Rev. Luis Leon's closing prayer at President Obama's inauguration Monday was a strong call for fighting prejudice and "fear of those different than us" — and a sign of the success of the LGBT rights movement over the course of Obama's first term.

BuzzFeed Politics
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January 22, 2013

Obama invokes LGBT equality in inaugural address

President Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word “gay” as a reference to sexual orientation in an inaugural address, declaring the movement for equality to be part of the pantheon of America’s great civil rights struggles.

The Washington Post
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January 22, 2013
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After Giglio, Presidential Inauguration Includes LGBT Pastor

The Presidential Inauguration Committee is also including more LGBT and supportive faith leaders elsewhere in the inauguration festivities. Tuesday morning's interfaith prayer service at the National Cathedral will include Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator and international leader of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination founded 45 years ago as a church open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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