For the first time, a sitting President has graced the covers of a prominent LGBT magazine. Out Magazine named US President Barack Obama “Ally of the Year” in its latest issue.
In their cover story, Out’s reporter Aaron Hicklin says,” The president and his administration have ushered extraordinary change into the lives of LGBT Americans.”
The cover story praised the US President for his attitude on gay marriage and for his achievements for the gay people which in office, especially the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy,” which was the official United States policy on service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians in the military
"President Obama's evolution on marriage equality has been something to behold. He came to office reiterating that marriage was an institution reserved for a man and a woman, and continued to hold that line throughout most of his first term," Hicklin wrote.
In an interview with the magazine, Obama said,"Where my evolution took place was not in my attitude toward same-sex couples, it was in understanding the pain and the sense of stigma that was being placed on same-sex couples who are friends of mine."