If Hillary Clinton expects to win all of Florida’s electoral votes (29), she will need the help of a reliable faction of the Democratic Party. A little less than a week before the election, the nominee took her message to a gay nightclub in Wilton Manors.
Wilton Manors is located in Broward County, Florida, approximately 30 miles from Miami.
The rally, called a Community for Unity, was held at The Manor Complex. It was organized by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ civil rights group in the country, Hotspots Media Group, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
‘If you are an LGBT American, or if you support the struggle for equal rights by LGBT Americans, please make a statement by attending this rally,’ Peter Clark, Hotspots Media publisher, said in a statement ahead of the event according to WPLG 10 News.
In her comments, Clinton tried to show the difference between her and Republican Donald Trump on the matter of LGBTI equality.
‘This election will determine whether we continue the progress we’ve made or let it be ripped away,’ Clinton said, according to WPLG. ‘We know Trump has promised that he’ll appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn marriage equality and that he will repeal President Obama’s executive actions to protect LGBT people from discrimination.’
While the Log Cabin Republicans have described the reality star businessman ‘as the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history’ of the GOP, he is surrounded by people who consistently fight against gay equality.
Last year his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. It allows businesses, and individuals, in the state to deny services to LGBTI people.
‘We will work together to achieve an AIDS-free generation. We will take on homelessness, bullying and violence, particularly youth homelessness, which disproportionately hurts LGBT kids,’ Clinton said in her remarks. ‘And we’re going to end the harmful practice of so-called conversion therapy.’
A New York Times Upshot/Siena poll, released on 30 October, showed Trump leading Clinton, in Florida, 46% to 42%.
Below is a clip of the WPLG report: