At an LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, a transgender woman interrupted him, yelling, "President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention!"
"Okay you know what. No, no, no. Hold on a second" the president said. "Hey, listen you're in my house. It is not respectful when you get invited to somebody's-- you're not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me. Shame on you."
Fusion’s Jorge Rivas identified the woman as Jennicet Gutiérrez, a founding member of the immigrant rights organization FAMILIA TQLM. She said in a statement:
"There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the president wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately. The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe."
"As general rule, I'm just fine with a few hecklers," the president joked once the woman had been removed. "But not when i'm up in the house."
After a hug from the vice president he continued, "if you're eating the hors d'oeuvres, know what I'm saying?"