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Hillary Clinton vows to be an ally to LGBT community in the White House if elected

Meka Beresford November 5, 2016

In the final run up to the US presidential election Democrat runner Hillary Clinton has reached out to LGBT voters.

The nominee stressed in an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade that if she is elected, she will be an ally to the LGBT community in The White House.

The Democratic presidential hopeful answered 13 questions on issues important to the LGBT community and Clinton used the opportunity to re-iterate the work she hopes to do if she gets in office.

The Equality Act and working to prohibit gender discrimination are just some of the areas she focussed on, but she made it clear that she hopes to tackled the issue of discrimination head on.

“We have so much more work to do, and I want LGBT people in every corner of this country to know that as president, I will always have your back,” Clinton said.

“Our next president can either defend President Obama’s executive actions, or repeal them. Donald Trump has promised to repeal them.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, I’ll protect them, and I’ll build on them. We’ll make sure we’re enforcing the President’s executive actions in a real and meaningful way.

“And we’ll support the efforts that are already underway in the courts and across the federal government to clarify that protecting people from ‘sex discrimination’ means protecting them from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, too.”

She rounded up the interview by promising to fight for LGBT rights and match Obama’s record of progression.

“As president, I’ll make fighting discrimination against the LGBT community a top priority – including by working with Congress to pass the Equality Act,

“And we won’t stop there. We’ll also take on harassment, bullying, and violence – and youth homelessness, which disproportionately hurts LGBT kids.”

Clinton hopes to become the first female president in history as she runs against Republican Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton has unveiled a plan to stamp out bullying and discrimination in schools this week. The ‘Better than Bullying’ plan involves more than $500 million in new funding to help address develop comprehensive plans to address bullying.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump was hit with a homophobic discrimination lawsuit by a former employee at the end of last month.

Ahead of next week’s election, PinkNews took a look at the specific policy agenda set out by each Presidential ticket, and what it actually means for the LGBT community.

More: election, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, presidential election 2016, US, US, US Election 2016

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