Recognizing LGBT History Month

lgbt-historySocial Security is committed to treating all Americans fairly. This commitment extends to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people covered by Social Security’s many programs.

October is also National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. It’s a month-long annual observance of the history of the gay rights movement. First observed in 1994 to coincide with National Coming Out Day, the month has evolved to include a more diverse range of people identifying as LGBT.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states and have their marriages recognized in all states. This decision made it possible for more same-sex couples and their families to benefit from Social Security.

We now recognize same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some non-marital legal relationships, for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We also recognize same-sex marriages and some non-marital legal relationships established in foreign jurisdictions for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and SSI eligibility.

We encourage anyone who is unsure whether they are entitled or eligible for Social Security to apply right away for benefits. Applying now will protect against the loss of any potential benefits.

If you have any questions about how to apply for benefits, call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. We treat all calls confidentially.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/people/same-sexcouples to apply for benefits and learn more about our policies for same-sex couples.

 

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86 thoughts on “Recognizing LGBT History Month

    • Can’t find a way to post so I will use you to reply. One can never give a liberal enough. Give them what they want and then they require national publicity by the government which is funded by many who don’t believe in the cause. The minority must now convince the majority to accept their values as normal. Take your equal rights, shut up, enjoy them and leave the remainder of us alone. Your extra activity is your main enemy.

          • It’s all about money to political parties. not about sexual orientation, it’s opportunistic in favoring the governments administration. I don’t care about which political party you belong to, but my vote is for Trump. but(Washington Insiders)

        • The savages of the Het Dictatorship have given us persecution of gay CITIZENS (especially vulnerable children) in our *notional* republic; persecution amounting to exclusion in the securing of paid, life-sustaining work; and a social ostracism that criminally infringes on the constitutional right of gay people to enjoy life and liberty. Elsewhere in the world? Female genital mutilation, a child bride every 7 seconds (!), arranged “marriages,” the thuggish intrusion of the “morals” police on people’s private lives; and a ruinous and unsustainable increase in population from 2 billion in 1930 to 7.5 billion today, and climbing. I repudiate your slanders.

          • Population? It is impossible for these sexually deviant perversions, homosexual and beastial acts to procreate.

        • Why must America return to the dark ages, when homosexuality was rampant and supported by the government? Why not be progressive, and leave the past behind us!

    • I am so sorry for all the negative responses. Can’t we all live and let live? It was a pleasant surprise that the SSA took time to celebrate our difference.

    • I refuse to concede to religionists the authority to restrict constitutional protections afforded ALL citizens of our country, a challenge mounted on the grounds that profession of religious faith alone (!) entitles the believer to act prejudicially against others and to curtail their liberties. You and yours have demonstrated over centuries your antipathy to normative democracy, and the obligation imposed by the Constitution to treat fellow citizens justly. The zealotry on sickening display at present by religious fanatics in the Middle East has as its counterpart here at home the invocation of (an of course undemonstrable) divine will as the rationale for impinging on the freedom of others to limit their family size, to choose to believe in God or not, and to love whom they choose. The arrogation to yourselves of a sovereign right to interpret morality, democracy, and the Constitution as you see fit is an unacceptable insult to the settled norms of freedom and liberty. I know that if you are not opposed, your apostasy from our guarantees of democratic freedom will not be limited to the LGBT community or women’s reproductive rights.

  1. Separation of Church and State—Let’s not bring in the Bible as many believe it is a book of fiction with pregnant virgins, giants visiting earth from heaven having sex with mortal women, talking snakes, allowance of slavery, rules such as no tattoos, separation of dairy and meat products, not cutting of hair etc.

    • History of the Founding Fathers of the US, referred to the ‘separation of the church and state’ as to the relationship that the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church had over the control of the countries that they came from. America was born on a different relationship because we were never under one controlling state/country religion. The Scriptures have been the belief for centuries of a belief in a Greater Being, who is in complete control of all things, believed in by faith. As to sight, we can see the failure of man.

    • Separating church and state is not allowing the state to dictate a type of religion. It is so sad to see someone so ignorant of the Bible that they are confused over the information you mentioned. Some is history and some is faith. All history is not what God intended and that is where faith enters. I hope you find it.

    • I am a 35 year old who u identifies as a 72 year old. How come I am not eligibile for SSI? I feel discriminated against as you condone a male claiming to transfom into a female and vice versa, based on what they feel they “identify” as now they are fluid?

  2. Our primary responsibility is to abide by and respect the Rule of Law in this Country. We may not agree with it so when it is Law we have only to live by that Law.

  3. I would opine that the phrase at the bottom of this post says it all, “Paid for at U.S. taxpayer expense”, as to the appropriateness of this topic on this site..

  4. Thank goodness we live in a world where love in every form can be recognized and honored between any two people regardless of gender, race, religion.

      • Love or lust, what’s it matter? Everyone can experience love and lust, no matter who they are. What does rebellion have to do with it? I’ve never heard that the LBGT movement had become militant and was out to overthrow the system. Wow…and here I was just thinking it was about equal human rights.

  5. As I read the comments I am reminded that there is still so much that needs to be done for full equality at all levels.

    I am decorated by the USAF,. a retired highly decorated NASA retiree and yet in this age we still have so much hate. To think I had to hide my feelings for so very long. My partner of 40 years never got to see let alone participate in the many awards I received. Yet I see comments here regarding religion etc…how very sad. As to paid for by…how many billions spent on projects that have never been voted for, buried in some bill.. your commentary is so very sad.

    Thank you Social Security for your efforts in advancing equality.

    • You can have all the decorations you have / need Mr. but when the final moment comes, you’ll face the ultimate JUDGE, then you’ll find out you’re worthless.
      Have a good day.

      • You are everything wrong with religion and your remarks are not welcome or appropriate to the discussion….go troll somewhere else

        • Why can’t people learn to accept people who they are and move on. There are so many other problems with this country. Who are you to judge that person? God the Almighty??

      • And by the way, WORTHLESS??? Really? This is a man who spent, I’m sure, most of his life defending this country, and YOU, in the USAF and NASA! You know, the space agency? How dare you possibly call this gentleman worthless? He is worth 100 of you or me

    • First of all congratulations for all of your accomplishments, and thank you for your service to our country. It is a shame that your partner could not be there to share in your happiness and had to remain a hidden secret. In this day and age, I am appalled by the hatred being spewed out in the comments here…and in reply to your post. Those good religious folks sure are a hateful bunch….wonder what they are so afraid of? Are they afraid of catching “the gay”? And before the insults come in….no I am not a homosexual. And no…I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality. And neither should you, it’s not a choice…you can’t pray it away….it is a part of our society, get used to it. They are no different than you are. You probably know and love somebody who is not “straight”, you just don’t know it…ha ha.
      Again,, Robert, thank you for your service…and NASA? How cool!

    • In the 1990s an inner ear study for an unrelated purpose revealed that a chemical in the inner ear differed for women who identified as homosexual. Straight women were at one end of the spectrum for this chemical, straight men at the opposite end of the spectrum. However, lesbian women were in the middle or closer to the straight men’s end. This inner ear chemical is not something anyone could alter or willfully change. This was the first evidence of which I am aware that suggested a genuine biochemical difference possibly manifested in sexual preference. As you might expect, this finding generated controversy. The best response I heard was from a prominent Presbyterian minister in my area. He said that all I know is this: God said to love one another, and that’s exactly what I intend to do until I receive other instructions from God. I am paraphrasing his statement, but I’m close to the minister’s words. We have only begun to uncover God’s mysteries and therefore need to keep an open mind. Hating any other child of God for any reason is not what we are supposed to do.

  6. Which month do you plan to celebrate H/S/N Month (Heterosexual/Straight/Normal)? Since when does a Government Entity get involved with the sexual preferences of the Citizens to the point where it “celebrates” them? It gets SO tiring and irritating to have peoples’ sexual confusions and abnormal desires pushed in our faces at every turn. OK, by now everyone knows there are Homosexuals out there. Why do we have to endure the constant reminders and mentions of them 24/7. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

    • Dear, straight, probably white and never discriminated against in your life Robert.
      The past 30 million or so years have been yours to celebrate. I suggest you go have your parade before there are no floats left for you. I’d suggest the narrow-minded bigot float.

    • Robert: Once discrimination in employment, housing, etc. ends, it is likely there will be fewer LGBTQ folks “in our faces”. Why? Let’s say two people of the same sex marry. When they change their W-4 status from single to married, and identify their spouse for benefits, the employee can be fired in most states, simply for being LGBTQ. The couple could also be refused housing for the same reason. Until real and lasting equality exists, I suspect the “reminders” will continue.

  7. I can’t wait to hear their “logical reasoning” being given to God on the Judgement Day. He said that He created Man and Woman, there as no third sex. At least from God the Creator.

  8. Even a fool can see that the physical apparatus of the opposite sexes match up together perfectly as nature designed them and the same sexes do not. The lowest of animals have known this from the beginning of time!

  9. Thank you so very much in following through on your commitments for LGBT people in the USA and its territories. This will help m and my spouse tremendously.

    • Diane, I am happy for you and your spouse that finally getting this recognition and equal rights to benefits will help you. Just remember that the bigotry and hatred being so freely spewed here is not representative of all of America, but unfortunately they are a loud and closed minded lot, on here tonight, aren’t they? Hang tough, and best wishes to you

  10. History? No heritage, no ancestry, no generations, no future. These are sexually corrupted and distorted perverions whose ill unnatural practices will lead to extinction of the human race. These people need psychiatric help.

    • Why are you so afraid of them?
      Are you afraid that since same sex marriage is legal, that you will be forced to marry the same sex? Ok…I can understand the confusion, but you are still free to marry who you choose to, the only difference is that they are now free to do the same. It will not affect you at all! Really! I promise. Take a breath…it’s ok…you are still a D-bag.
      Your welcome

      • Mike, it seems to me that the people that feel a need to troll on this kind of site and verbally abuse others will eventually be caught in an airport bathroom stall in a “wide stance”. lol

  11. I am a sx offender too and it sure is hard to find a job. I’d like to get a free check from the government for my sxual preference also.

      • No joke! I really am a registered — offender and am tired of being persecuted for simply making a mistake. I am currently serving a five year sentence for trying to promote my business on Facebook. As for “stupid”, I’ll wager that I have far more education then you do.

  12. The real perverts here are the people (?) posting their disgusting hate and vitriol in the name of God. Funny, you all claim to be “Christians” and insist this is supposed to be a “Christian” nation (news flash – it’s not) yet you spew this vile venom allover an entire group of people you know absolutely nothing about. I am as familiar with the Bible as any of you- I daresay moreso – and it is a fact that JESUS spent his entire 3 year ministry preaching one thing LOVE. ONE ANOTHER. He ate with the sinners, not the saints, and he preached love and acceptance for ALL. Whether or not you agree is irrelevant; the Bible says what it ssys, either you follow your savior or you don’t. And Jesus NEVER qualified his statement “love one another” with an “except for the ones who” or “unless.” Sorry there it is. You cannot use your religion to promote hatred and still claim to follow Jesus- which is it?

    I won’t even go into the FACTS about the Constitution which was why the LGBT community finally achieved the civil rights they’d been wrongfully denied before, sufficient it to say that the Supreme Court could not make any other decision, as the Constitution forbids ANY group of people to be singled out and denied the SAME rights enjoyed by every other citizen. That is what this country is all about.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal.” I see nothing in there that says “except gays…”

    You hateful people will have plenty to answer for on Judgment Day, as well.

  13. Taking this article into account it would only be equitable to pass social security benefits upon ones death to family members that are still alive. No different that what is proposed in the article.

    • Unfortunately, in the past when a person that was not legally recognized as being in a relationship passed away before retirement, the money they paid into SS was never collected. It’s not like an insurance policy where you designate a beneficiary. If I had passed away before my non-biological child was still a minor, she would not have been eligible to receive benefits even though I have been her parent since prior to her conception. My contributions would have evaporated.

  14. Happy the Socialist Security system has come around, but your opening sentence is WAY OFF!!!!!

    “Social Security is committed to treating ALL Americans fairly”. Really, ALL Americans? Maybe it should read “Social Security is committed to treating all Americans fairly unless you happen to be an adult disabled child and marry an able bodied person, then we will leave you out in the wind”.

    Equality should mean that you can marry whomever you want to, no matter their biological sex, but if you are an ADULT DISABLED CHILD and you happen to marry an “able bodied person”, no matter what your sexual orientation is, the socialist security system will use a special “RULE” to deny you benefits. Its their gift of discrimination, justified by their rules, which they impose upon people. In this day and age of “Equality”, there is NO EQUALITY when it comes to Social Security RULES!

    I am 45 years old, a mother of three older children and physically disabled ( I was born with cerebral palsy ). I’ve never collected one red cent of money from the Socialist Security System, even though I have applied several times and they find me disabled.

    Technically, I am an “adult disabled child” (please look this up, it is NOT SSI or SSDI) but have never been able to secure any benefits whatsoever from the Socialist Security system, even under that program because I got married to an “Able bodied person”. The Socialist Security system is too busy paying benefits to some people who scam the system and worrying about adult disabled children (who they pay benefits to off of a parents record) marrying an able bodied person. This gives them the justification to cut off benefits to the adult disabled child because the husband (in theory) can now support the disabled person. This theory works great, if your husband is rich and you have no need for money but what it actually does, is to force two adults (one disabled one able bodied person) to live off of one income. In the real world, the socialist security system is forcing adult disabled children to only marry other disabled persons (and NO able bodied persons) at the threat of loosing any and all benefits that they are entitled to.

    If you are a physically disabled person (an adult disabled child) and you happen to marry an “able bodied person” you will be loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because of a one word “rule” that prohibits you from marrying an “able bodied person”. Best of all, they never tell you about their “Rule” so that they can justify cutting off any benefits that you may be due.

    Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
    NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

    Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

    The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

    The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

    The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
    I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

    Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

    (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine!

    • OMG, and here it is, yet again!

      Just for the benefit of everyone here: this woman posts this same rant – clearly a cut and paste job – on every single blog post on this site. She can’t be bothered to read the actual facts on this very website which describe what benefits and “adult disabled child” is entitled to. You’re not entitled to these, you do not qualify, according to the facts you’ve presented. Yet you post nasty criticism against the government everyday because you think they owe you a second income. They don’t. Social Security is for those of us who WORKED and PAID INTO THE SYSTEM, and our dependents and survivors. It also pays benefits for those of us who WORKED AND PAID INTO THE SYSTEM but became disabled and so cannot work any longer. SSI helps LOW INCOME disabled people who didn’t eork. You do not fit into any of these categories any more. You got married. It was your choice. You are your husband’s dependant. That’s the way it is. Please stop posting this tinfoil hat BS, because we’re all sick of it.

      • I know Marc, I and many others have tried to reply to her with very clearly explained answers for her, but she refuses to pay attention. She is one of those folks who have it in their head that they deserve benefits even though they clearly don’t qualify. Or in her case, didn’tt b other to look into whether getting married would affect her benefits before going ahead and doing it. Tammy did this to herself, and now wants to blame the system she has never paid into, for her not meeting the qualifications. Ugh…I am tired of the same exact rant in every post

  15. ….and, Cortez… What does race have to do with any of this discussion of the SICKNESS and CHOICE of being a Homosexual? The discussion is about a GOVERNMENT AGENCY “celebrating” abnormal sexual deviancy! Why do “you people” always have to inject RACE into every situation that is counter to you way of thinking? Then, you turn around and call US the racists! You are always the ones bringing it up.

    • “You people”…. divisive and racist words, yet you accuse Cortez of bringing up racism? Yes he pointed out that he is hispanic, that does not equal claiming discrimination.
      And really, we are not the ones being discriminated against. Who are you to say what he has had to endure?

  16. I believe in hating the “Sin” but loving the sinner. No temptation has befallen man that can not be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus faced and conquered “all” our temptations. Homosexuality is not a sin until it is acted upon and practiced. No different than adultery, alcoholism, and other failures of the human race. Anyone who forsakes this lifestyle and turns to Jesus can be forgiven and have eternal life with other believing Christians. You can’t have your cake and eat it,too, no puns intended.

    • What about somebody of a different faith?
      I am not trolling you, I respect that you were just stating your beleif, in a respectful manner, and that is how discussion moves forward.
      So I honestly am curious about your thoughts here.

  17. Do you have a special month to recognize Heterosexual History? If you want to be fair to all, you should also give recognition to heterosexual history!

  18. Dont you have a better decent way to spend our taxpayers money that pays your salary rather than wasting our money for this absurd nonsense? These people need good mental healthcare not a posting in the social security website.

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