(LIN) — When first lady Michelle Obama isn’t in the headlines for her style, she’s showing unwavering support for the president and his policies.
So it shouldn’t be any surprise that she’s appearing with NBA player Jason Collins and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman at the party’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council gala on May 29. Collins, who made headlines recently for coming out as gay in a story for Sports Illustrated, will headline the event.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 6, 2013
Collins is the first male athlete in a major American sports team to announce he is gay. Immediately after his story hit the news wires, Michelle Obama wasted no time taking to Twitter herself, to show her support:
So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) April 29, 2013
This move is a key step in the DNC’s LGBT Leadership Council strategy to highlight the contribution of gays and lesbians in politics, as well as encouraging more Democrats to support gay rights.
The first lady is publicly supporting Collins and others in the LGBT community to support the tone that was set in this year’s presidential inauguration speech:
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,” President Obama stated. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
President Barack Obama was the first president to address gay rights in an inauguration speech.
Ladies First is a biweekly feature centered around the first lady of the United States. Jessica O. Swink is a contributing editor to onPolitix . Join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter .