Hillary Clinton attends first LGBT fundraiser for Presidential campaign
Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has attended her first LGBT fundraiser of the Presidential campaign.
The former Secretary of State – who is running to run to succeed Barack Obama in the White House in 2016 last night attended a fundraiser in Washington DC hosted by a lesbian couple – and attended by mostly LBT women.
Around 120 people attended the event at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, with tickets for the “intimate fundraiser” costing around $2,700 per head.
The event was hosted by Claire Lucas and her partner Judy Dlugacz – who run lesbian travel company Olivia.
The pair told Huffington Post that the event would mainly be attended by lesbians
The former Secretary of State announced her support for equal marriage back in 2013 – and has consistently shown her support for LGBT issues.
She has already been endorsed last month by pro-LGBT group Equality California – more than a year before the polls open in November 2016.
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Last year, she claimed in a memoir that she was “ridiculed” by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni when she confronted him about Uganda’s anti-gay legislation.
She wrote: “When I raised these issues with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, he ridiculed my concerns. ‘Oh Hillary, here you go again’ he would say.”
In her Geneva speech, Clinton said: “Some seem to believe it is a western phenomenon and therefore people outside the west have grounds to reject it.
“Well, in reality gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world.
“They are all ages, all races, all faiths, they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes.
“Whether we know it, whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbours. Being gay is not a western invention, it is a human reality.”