Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

Via press release:

Out on the campaign trail, we've seen Secretary Clinton fight back against Republicans threatening to block our progress – and revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains made during President Obama's two terms. Just as she has fought for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State.

In the time since she became the very first First Lady to march in a pride parade, she has led on bills to protect LGBT workers from employment discrimination, advanced hate crimes legislation, pushed for greater HIV/AIDS prevention and funding, and worked to extend partner benefits. As Secretary of State, she did more to advance LGBT equality as a pillar of U.S. foreign policy than any other diplomat in history, giving a landmark speech to the United Nations declaring that "gay rights are human rights." She helped lead the United Nations to pass the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of LGBT people, and created the Global Equality Fund to advance the rights of LGBT people around the globe.

As a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton has made LGBT equality a pillar of her campaign, and recently unveiled the most robust and ambitious LGBT agenda any candidate for president has ever laid out. She has vowed to fight for the Equality Act – a bill that would finally offer explicit, clear, and permanent nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people at the federal level -- and her detailed LGBT agenda specifically calls for dropping the ban on open transgender military service, outlawing dangerous conversion therapy for minors, ending the epidemic of anti-transgender violence and supporting HIV prevention and affordable treatment, among other proposals that would advance equality and support the LGBT community.

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