Trans Man Proposes to Girlfriend at White House Pride Reception


A transgender man used Friday’s Pride reception at the White House for a very special personal event: he proposed to his long-term partner.

Dr. Scout of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at The Fenway Institute, with the U.S. Marine Band playing, dropped to his knees and proposed to partner Liz Margolies. Appearing initially hesitant, Margolies, after being urged on by fellow guests and apparently getting a good luck at the ring (good for you), eventually said yes.

Watch the heartwarming event below (the actual proposal starts at the 1:55 mark):

This proposal followed President Obama giving a rousing speech to around 500 LGBT guests in which he talked of the things his administration has helped to achieve in terms of LGBT rights, from The Matthew Shepard Act to the DADT repeal, and what is still to come, including marriage equality.

Last week a video of a soldier and his boyfriend marrying in Iowa also became a hit on YouTube.


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Image taken from the YouTube video under fair use terms, no infringement intended.


Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

glad it was well received

Rachel Waller
Rachel W5 years ago

I'm not really in favour of public proposals, as it increases the pressure on the proposee, but it seems to be working okay for these two. Good for them!

Berny P.
Berny p5 years ago


Arild Warud

Thanks Steve,good story.

Leia P.
Leia P.5 years ago


Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

This is wonderful! And what a memory --- to become engaged at a LGBT celebration in the White House with the president present! Awesome! May love never stop blooming!

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

OUTRAGEOUS that people of ALL genders and sexual orientations, can't get married to the partner of the gender or sexual orientation of their choice, EVERYWHERE in this country!

OUTRAGEOUS that Church money {Catholic and Mormon and Fundamentalist}, and our Tax money! is being used {by Boehner and the House of Representatives}, to OPPOSE this!!!!!!!!!

OUTRAGEOUS that Everyone's Equal Civil Rights are even being VOTED ON; rather than it being recognized, that Equal Rights for ALL, are GUARANTEED by the United States Constitution!

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

Why does it FRIGHTEN some people so, that there can be "alternatives" to 100% male thru-and-thru and 100% female?
I blame, first, Religion, and then, Language.
In Patriarchal religions, where the Patriarch "owns" "his" women, I guess it's really, really important to NOT be a "woman", since that is synonymous with "slave", "inferior", and nobody wants to be that if they can help it!
In languages other than European ones, in aboriginal languages all over the world, Asian and East Asian languages, and others, there are words for 3 sexes, for 5 sexes, or for 9 sexes. {Just like they have different words for colors, that we don't "see". And we have different words for colors, different divisions of the world, than they do.}
English writers have experimented with words such as "Third Sex"; but they haven't quite caught on in mainstream English. {We have to say something like "born with male genitals but considers self female", where another culture or language might have just ONE commonly-used word for that! and no problems whatsoever "accepting" that fact and that word!}
The writer Ursula LeGuin wrote a science fiction novel about a planet that had 3 sexes on it {all necessary for reproduction on that planet!}.
Don't be scared of expanding your mind to cover other things than were taught in your Sunday School! Denying reality is not going to improve your life......

Robyn Brice
Robyn Vorsa5 years ago

That was so sweet. I wish them both all the happiness.

Suzy D.
Reverend Suzy D5 years ago

Don`t you love a happy ending ?