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White House Heckler Scolded by Obama at Gay Event ID'd as Transgender and Undocumented

By    |   Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 06:19 AM

An undocumented immigrant who is transgender heckled President Barack Obama at a gay pride month reception at the White House on Wednesday and was by scolded by an obviously exasperated president for being disrespectful in "my house."

The news media, apparently unsure whether to refer to the disruptive person as he or she, simply referred to the person in their reports as "the heckler."

 


The heckler had interrupted Obama's remarks by protesting the detention and deportation of gay, lesbian and transgender immigrants, reported The Associated Press.

The president responded, "Hold on a second." When the heckler persisted, Obama, flashing an exasperated look, countered, "OK, you know what?" Wagging his finger and shaking his head, Obama said, "No, no, no, no, no," repeating the word more than a dozen times.

As the heckler continued to talk over him, Obama took it up a notch.

"Hey. Listen. You're in my house," he said to laughter and woos from the crowd. "You know what? It's not respectful when you get invited to somebody. You're not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. I'm sorry. I'm sorry ... Shame on you, you shouldn't be doing this."

"You can either stay and be quiet, or we will have to take you out," Reuters reported Obama as saying.

An immigration group later identified the heckler as Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender undocumented immigrant and founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants who the group said are excluded in the immigration debate, reported CNN.

In his remarks, Obama said that regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in an upcoming decision on gay marriage, there has been an undeniable shift in attitudes across the country. He said he's closely watching the decisions the high court will announce in the coming days, which include a case that could affirm the right of gay couples nationwide to marry.

The president singled out discrimination facing transgender Americans as an area where more progress needs to be made.

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