Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton this week launched a new campaign to attract LGBT support for her run for US president.
Clinton used a 30-minute conference call with supporters on Monday to kick-off the campaign, which will encourage LGBT supporters to call and door-knock people in the community to rally support. The Washington Blade reports she told supporters that the LGBT rights movement has made significant advancements, including the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, but said more work remains.
Singer Ricky Martin helped preview the campaign to supporters via email last weekend. He wrote:
“Growing up in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, I never dreamed that I would one day be a proud, out gay father of two beautiful little boys, in a country where marriage equality was the law of the land.
“Now, that’s just an average day — that’s what real progress is. Hillary knows this, and she’s not going to stop fighting. But in order to protect and build on the progress we’ve made, we need to win this election.
“Hillary has been a fighter for us for years, from supporting equal workplace legislation to working for equal rights for trans Americans. Now we’re standing with her. Will you join us?”
The Clinton campaign has been courting the LGBT community all year. The official campaign website includes an LGBT "issues" page, with a pledge from Clinton that reads, “We should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry, and work just like everybody else". The campaign also released a video in June (watch above) which specifically targeted the LGBT community.
Clinton was opposed to same-sex marriage when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 2012, but this year urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality.
Among the other LGBT credentials she lists on her campaign page is her work in the US Senate championing hate crime legislation and federal non-discrimination legislation to protect LGBT Americans in the workplace, and advocating for an end to restrictions that blocked LGBT Americans from adopting children.
As secretary of state, Clinton ended State Department regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families equal rights and updated the State Department’s policy so that transgender individuals’ passports reflect their true gender.
The first Democratic primary/caucus will be held in Iowa on February 1 next year.