LGBT leaders head to the White House

Michigan's Pugh, Skillman, Thompson among Pride Month invitees

by Jessica Carreras

At least three leaders of Michigan's LGBT community were invited to an LGBT Pride Month reception June 22 at the White House where they will join other leaders from across the country in both celebrating the community and meeting with President Barack Obama.

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, Affirmations CEO Leslie Thompson and Equality Michigan Executive Director Alicia Skillman are among an undetermined number of individuals who received personal invitations to the Washington, D.C., event. No official list of invitees was announced, nor did the White House make the reception publicly known. All three will be meeting President Obama.

Pugh made headlines last year when he was elected as Detroit's first-ever city councilman - and council president. He posted a video on his Facebook shortly after receiving his invitation earlier this month, telling his followers, "Who gets an invitation to the White House? I'm so excited. I'll make sure that I tell Barack and Michelle that you said hello."

He later elaborated on his invite to Fox 2 news, his former employer. "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," Pugh said. "And so I think that this speaks to the character of the people of the city who made me the top vote-getter in the election."

Thompson announced her invite on Facebook, while Skillman talked about her invite at the Michigan Pride rally at the Capitol in Lansing on June 12. It was met with loud cheers from the crowd.

"I'm just overwhelmed with the opportunity to represent Michigan and Equality Michigan at the White House," she later said. "I hope to have an opportunity to talk with the president and let him know how things are in our state and that we really need him to continue doing whatever he can in his administration to make things better for our community, and to help make Michigan more inclusive."

Look for further coverage of the LGBT Pride Month reception in future editions of Between The Lines, and on http://www.pridesource.com.

MI Marriage Trial

Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment

Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages

MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review

The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State

Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign

Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend

Sixth Circuit Continues Stay

Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

Michigan Makes History With First Marriages

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal

Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married

Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3

Pictures from Washtenaw County

White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling

Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal

Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban

Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal

Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal?

Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral'

BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April

Snyder Says Marriages Invalid

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal

Request To Remove Stay Based On Process And Substance

Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base

DOCUMENTS: The decision, the stay, and more

BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages

Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay On Michigan Case

BREAKING: Same-Sex Couples Across Michigan Get Hitched

BREAKING: Judge Friedman Declares Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Judge Could Rule Late Today In Mich. Marriage Ban

Michigan Marriage Trial: And Now We Wait

Editor's Viewpoint: Our Long Journey To Justice

Federal Marriage Case Decisions Outside Michigan In Circuit Court of Appeals

Peers Distance Themselves As Regnerus Takes The Stand

Marriage Supporters, Protestors Brave Cold At Courthouse

Highlights From Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Brown Says Schuette Instructed Clerks To Defy Court

Michigan Marriage Equality Trial Begins Second Week

Marriage Equality Trial Opens : Science v. Fear

Michigan Marriage Center Prepares State For The Possibility!

Michigan Marriage Case Begins

A Trial Full of Experts: Incredible and Not So Credible, In Hazel Park Case

like us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on google+