June 26, 2015 was a monumental occasion for the LGBTQ community. Celebrations took place around the world as the US Supreme Court made marriage equality a reality for all 50 states.
And it turns out, a secret celebration took place just outside of the White House. In her recently-released book, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama recalls the joyful gathering that took place as the White House was lit up with rainbow lights, an unprecedented move in support of LGBTQ equality. But the FLOTUS was not content with watching the celebrations from inside.
“The north drive was filled with government staff who’d stayed late to see the White House transformed in celebration of marriage equality. The decision had touched so many people. From where I stood, I could see the exuberance, but I could hear nothing. It was an odd part of our reality.”
In the book, she reveals that she and daughter, Malia concocted a plan to sneak out. Although they snuck past the Secret Service just to come to a locked door, a helpful staffer pointed them to an unlocked loading door. It took 10 minutes to get outside, but it was worth it.
“We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.
“Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.”
Becoming by Michelle Obama is now available in stores and online.