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President Obama Becomes The First Sitting President To Grace The Cover LGBT Magazine

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President Obama has one more thing to add to his already impressive list of firsts—he's the first sitting president to grace the cover of a predominantly LGBT magazine. Out magazine awarded the president the title of "Ally Of The Year" as well as the cover of their latest edition. 

president-obama-out-magazinePhoto Credit: Out

Inside the issue, the magazine praises the president for his evolving stance towards LGBT issues since taking office. When elected in 2008, Obama supported marriage only being recognized between a man and a woman, but has since taken a complete marriage equality stance. The president was also responsible for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy. 

The magazine's interview with Obama reveals many interesting tidbits about the president's thoughts about and experiences with the LGBT community, including the first gay person he ever met, one of his college professors. The president also spoke about how his upbringing lead him to find common ground with the LGBT movement. 

"Growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside," The president told Out. "One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we're all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American dream just because of who they are."

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