Obama hosts annual LGBT Pride Month celebration

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden walk into the Rose Garden to speak about immigration in the Rose Garden of the White House June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said today that the House of Representatives would not take up immigration reform legislation this year and Obama said he would continue to use his executive power to bolster enforcement on the southern border. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden walk into the Rose Garden to speak about immigration in the Rose Garden of the White House June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said today that the House of Representatives would not take up immigration reform legislation this year and Obama said he would continue to use his executive power to bolster enforcement on the southern border. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 4:23 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama on Monday thanked friends and colleagues who he says have supported and guided his administration's stance on same-sex issues and equality policies.

Obama recognized influential figures in his life, including an old college professor, who he said has helped shape how he thinks about many of these issues, as he marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month at a White House reception Monday.

The president thanked the "Crustmaster," or White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, who was joined by his husband. Obama said his pies are so addictive that he didn't know what Yosses does, "whether he puts crack in them" or something — as the crowd laughed.

Despite tremendous progress in society, Obama said work remains, such as passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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