doesn't she just pander to the LGBT community?

Q: doesn’t she just pander to the LGBT community?

A: Not at all. Consider these facts:

  • Hillary supports the Equality Act, which would provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • As Secretary of State, Hillary implemented several LGBT-friendly policies at the State Department. These policies include: modifying the equal employment opportunity policy to “explicitly protect against discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity”, providing equal benefits to same-sex partners of diplomats, ending the old policy that denied same-sex couples and families “the same rights and privileges” of straight diplomats, and working with USAID to create an LGBT-specific brochure to recruit applicants.

  • In 2011, Hillary delivered a speech in Geneva, Switzerland in recognition of International Human Rights Day. In this speech, she called for protections and recognition of the LGBT community around the world, stating “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights!

  • Hillary was the first First Lady and first major party Presidential nominee to march in a Gay Pride parade.

  • Hillary has been endorsed by several LGBT organizations, and enjoys the wide support of the LGBT community.

Q: But she flip-flopped on same-sex marriage, right?

A: Like many people, Hillary’s views on same-sex marriage have evolved over time. In 2013, Hillary released a video expressing full support for same-sex marriage “personally and as a matter of policy and law.” As Matt Baume at LGBTQ Nation put it:

Hillary has changed her position over the last 40 years — which is another way of saying she’s improved her position.

Check out the video for yourself: