Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of LGBTI activists in Washington.
She addressed the Trump administration’s ‘attacks’ on the community since he took office in January.
‘The attacks on the LGBT community here at home and around the world are striking and scary,’ Clinton told her audience. ‘I can only imagine what it’s like to be in the position that so many people still find themselves in in our country.’
She spoke of a variety of issues affecting the community, from healthcare to the transgender military ban.
In regards to healthcare, she warned against threats to more vulnerable communities and HIV research.
‘You know and [Trump] knows that transgender people have fought and died for this country,’ she said about the military ban.
However, a US federal court blocked the ban this morning (30 October).
‘We cannot rely on this administration or the Supreme Court to uphold LGBT rights,’ the former Secretary of State stated. ‘We need to be agitating to pass the Equality Act.’
The proposed Equality Act makes housing and workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity illegal.
Hillary’s history with LGBTI rights
Clinton’s track record with LGBTI rights goes back to her husband’s presidency. Under Bill Clinton, both the now-defunct DADT and Defense of Marriage Act rules were ushered in.
Like most Democrats, though, Hillary Clinton’s policies towards LGBTI equality took time to evolve. It wasn’t until 2013 that she officially declared her support for same-sex marriage.
Now she’s completely on board.
‘I do know what it feels like to be torn down and attacked, and I want you to know that I’m with you,’ she declared in her speech.