President Barack Obama will host a reception at the White House to observe Gay Pride Month on Friday.
In a proclamation earlier this month, the president stressed that his administration has worked to "level the playing field for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people."
Obama's recent declaration of support for gay marriage was celebrated as a key endorsement among gay rights groups.
After the reception, the first family leaves for Chicago, where they will spend the night.
Also on Friday, Obama will have lunch at a local Washington restaurant with winners of a campaign contest.