The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ rights group in the United States, is now officially backing Hillary Clinton as President.
The Board of Directors, which is comprised of 32 community leaders from across the US, unanimously voted to endorse the potential Democratic nominee.
Chad Griffin, the HRC President, had this to say: “All the progress we have made as a nation on LGBT equality — and all the progress we have yet to make — is at stake in November. In most states, LGBT people are still at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services simply because of who they are.”
“Today, 63 percent of LGBT Americans report having experienced such discrimination, and we are seeing other troubling trends, from the onslaught of state and local anti-LGBT measures to the national scourge of anti-transgender violence to backsliding on HIV/AIDS prevention and youth homelessness. Against this backdrop, we’ve heard the leading Republican presidential candidates repeatedly threaten to block our progress, and to revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains we’ve made during President Obama’s two terms.”
Apparently, HRC are throwing their support behind Hillary because they think that she will carry on the legacy started by President Barack Obama with same-sex marriage, the abolition of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and speaking out against “gay cure” therapy.
Hillary has made various promises regarding LGBT rights, including an Equality Act which would give explicit, clear and permanent non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people at a federal level.