10.01.12 — On September 21, first-year law student Kyle Rapiñan attended an “End of Summer BBQ” at Vice President Biden's home for the “next general of LGBT leaders.” The emerging young leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community were joined by senior Obama Administration officials, leaders of national LGBT organizations, and campus and community leaders from all over the country.

Rapiñan represented the Pride Foundation for LGBT Scholars, which provided a full scholarship to him as an undergradaute at the University of Washington.

In welcoming guests to the Vice President's Residence, Biden took a moment to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and thanked all our brave young men and women in uniform — and their families — for their service. In his remarks, the Vice President spoke to his own commitment to civil rights, and paid tribute to the many advocates and heroes who have helped pave the way towards a more perfect union.

“This was a very informative event as well as a critical aspect in our movement for liberation and equity,” said Rapiñan. “I was able to talk to members of the Obama administration about bathroom access for trans and gender queer people, as well as federal shortfalls in the removal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.’”

While at the Residence, guests also had the opportunity to view several panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which were provided by The NAMES Project Foundation. Earlier this year, a section of the Quilt was put on display in the East Wing of the White House.