Gay Pride at the White House: The Guest List
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.
Rick Stafford, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair
Andrew Tobias, DNC Treasurer
Alex Wagner, Department of Defense
Tobias Wolff, Philadelphia, Pa.
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