Last week, the White House announced the 2009 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian. This year’s honorees include some names near and dear to those of us who fight for women’s and LGBT rights:
- Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court
- Billie Jean King, award-winning tennis player, Title IX advocate, and one of the first openly gay athletes in the U.S.
- Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the U.S.
We are pleased to see the White House honoring the contributions of these individuals. You can read the whole list of honorees here.