- January 24, 2016
Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
The Human Rights Campaign proudly joins Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail today in Des Moines, Iowa, as she formally accepted our endorsement for president.
"She doesn't just voice her support, or vote her support for our community, she has been our partner in this fight and always willing to go to battle when we need her," said HRC President Chad Griffin from the stage tonight. "She has the experience and the determination and the skills that will allow her to make meaningful change from the moment she walks into the Oval Office."
Earlier this week, HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of 32 leaders from across the nation, unanimously voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President.
The stakes for the LGBT community couldn’t be higher in this presidential election. In most states, LGBT people are still at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services simply because of who they are. Today, 63 percent of LGBT Americans report having experienced such discrimination, and we are seeing other troubling trends, from the onslaught of state and local anti-LGBT measures to the national scourge of anti-transgender violence to backsliding on HIV/AIDS prevention and youth homelessness. Against this backdrop, the leading Republican presidential candidates repeatedly threaten to block our progress, and to revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains we’ve made during President Obama’s two terms.
While we have come a long way over the last 7 years, we face tremendous challenges ahead -- and we need a strong champion for equality who can beat any anti-LGBT challenger in November and lead from day one in the White House -- Hillary Clinton.
As a Candidate: Hillary Clinton has made LGBT equality a pillar of her campaign and recently unveiled a robust, ambitious and detailed plan for LGBT equality. She has vowed to fight for the Equality Act -- a bill that would finally offer explicit, clear, and permanent non-discrimination protections for LGBT people at the federal level -- and her LGBT policy platform specifically calls for dropping the ban on open transgender military service, banning dangerous “conversion therapy” for minors, ending the epidemic of transgender violence, and supporting HIV prevention and affordable treatment, among other proposals that would advance equality and support the LGBT community.
As Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton went farther than any of her predecessors to advance LGBT equality world wide. She gave a historic and forceful speech to the United Nations making clear than LGBT rights are human rights. She helped lead the United Nations to pass the first ever UN resolution on the human rights of LGBT people, and created the Global Equality Fund to advance the human rights of LGBT people around the globe.
In the Senate: she helped lead on bills to protect LGBT workers from employment discrimination, and had a strong record on key votes and legislation that mattered to LGBT Americans.
Stay tuned to #StandwithHRC for live updates from tonight’s event.
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