While at a gay pride event at the White House on Monday, Obama told a crowd of people that one of his gay college professors “helped shape” the way he thinks about the LGBT rights agenda.
“I just wanted to acknowledge him, because he helped shape how I think about so many of these issues, and those sort of quiet heroes that sometimes don’t get acknowledged,” he said, speaking about one of his professors from Occidental College, Lawrence Goldyn.
“I want to just talk a little bit about Lawrence,” Obama said. “When I went in as a freshman — this is 1979 at Occidental College — and according to Lawrence, I guess there were maybe a couple of other gay professors, but they weren’t wildly open about it.”
He went on to discuss Goldyn further, and gave the crowd a list of accomplishments in advancing the LGBT agenda. He also announced a plan for another executive order extending rights to transgendered federal employees before concluding:
“We’ve got some terrific public servants who are here today, including our Secretary of Labor Tom Perez,” Obama said. “We’ve got mayors, and we’ve got state legislators, and we’ve got LGBT members of my administration.”