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Gay Pride at the White House: The Guest List

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama at today's White House meeting with gay rights activists. (AP Photo)

President Obama hosted hundreds of gay rights leaders and activists at the White House earlier today, marking the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern gay rights movement.

As The Post's Michael D. Shear reports, Obama "became the first Oval Office occupant to officially celebrate gay pride in the White House even as the gay community remains bitterly divided about the pace of Obama's efforts to turn words into action for their agenda.

"In recognizing the march of progress since the protests outside New York's Stonewall Inn 40 years ago, Obama achieved a milestone for many gay and lesbian Americans who mark the day as the beginning of their modern rights movement.

"But the excitement among the several hundred guests invited by the first couple to the East Wing Monday was tempered by frustration among many who believe that the president has moved too slowly to make good on his campaign promises."

Below find a list of the federal government and political officials and other prominent activists invited to attend the meeting, as provided in a White House pool report:

John Berry, Director of Office of Personnel Management

Fred Hochberg, Chair, Export-Import Bank

John Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences at the Department of Education

Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council

Judith Appelbaum, Department of Justice

Vic Basile, Office of Personnel Management

Jeremy Bernard, National Endowement for the Humanities

Raymond Buckley, DNC Vice-Chair

Jamie Citron, Department of Health and Human Services

Cheryl Cook, Department of Agriculture

Steven Elmendorf, Democratic Party consultant, Washington, D.C.

Eric Fanning, Department of Justice

Hon. Michael Guest, Former Ambassador

Gavin Hilgemeier, Federal GLOBE

Leonard Hirsch, Federal GLOBE

Lorilyn Holmes, Federal GLOBE

Hon. James Hormel, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador

Kevin Jennings, Department of Education

Jennifer Jones, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Frank Kameny, Washington, DC

Elaine Kaplan, Office of Personnel Management

Thomas Lopach, Export-Import Bank

Mary Beth Maxwell, Department of Labor

Kevin Naff, Washington Blade

David Noble, NASA

Gautam Raghavan, Department of Defense

Steven Ralls, Washington, D.C.

Ellen Ratner, Washington, D.C.

Bishop Gene Robinson, Diocese of New Hampshire

Hilary Rosen, Washington, D.C.

Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation

Rick Stafford, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair

Andrew Tobias, DNC Treasurer

Alex Wagner, Department of Defense

Tobias Wolff, Philadelphia, Pa.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 29, 2009; 6:23 PM ET
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Let's see the Director of Personnel is gay. No wonder we are getting an inordinary number of gays in the Administration. Note the victors are fighting over the spoils. Let's see, the Congressional Black Caucas are whining that they aren't getting their piece of the pie. The Latinos are demanding Sotomayor get to the Supreme Court. The unions are demanding open voting. The illegals are demanding representation to increase their slice, without any financial contribution on their part to the welfare of the country. They are more than happy to stay as illegals as long as the benefits are the same or better still increased. Frank and Dodd now want Freddie and Fannie to open up the lending policies to put people in condos even if they can't afford them. It is part of the stimulus package: free house, free car, free gas, free health benefits, free clothing allowances, free TV, cell phone, iPods, blackberry's, booze, 'smokes,' you name it they want it. It will all come crashing down one day soon.

Posted by: Raylene | June 30, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Well it's nice to see that these activists and othe rgays are invited to visit the Whitehouse during the daylight instead of being smuggled in after dark as Bush used to do.

Posted by: Archie1954 | June 30, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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