Five inspiring times Hillary Clinton supported gay rights

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PinkNews take a look at five times the woman hoping to be the first female President of the United States has been amazing on LGBT rights…

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she would be running for Presidency in the 2016 US elections.

The former Secretary of State and First Lady announced her support for equal marriage back in 2013 – and has consistently shown her support for LGBT issues.

Here are five times she has been amazing on LGBT rights…

1. When she stressed the need to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men

Speaking at a Q&A session in Brussels back in 2009, she told a young Moldovan gay rights activist that persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is take particularly seriously as one of the pillars of US foreign policy.

She said: “I can only hope that we all live long enough to see the end to this kind of discriminatory treatment and recognition that human rights are the inalienable rights of every person no matter who that person loves.”

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2. When in 2011 she made a landmark speech at a UN Summit in Geneva on challenging the criminalisation of LGBT identity overseas

…And the US State Department added music and turned it into an uplifting video

3. When she officially announced her support of equal marriage

In a video for the Human Right’s Campaign entitled Americans for Marriage Equality, Ms Clinton said,”I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally, and as a matter of policy and law, embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans.”

4. When she commended China for lifting its ban on HIV-positive visitors

After China followed America’s decision to lift its ban on HIV-positive visitors in 2010, Ms Clinton said: “I am encouraged by the growing international consensus against discriminatory HIV-based travel restrictions, and I congratulate China on being a part of this progress.‪‪”


5. When she launched her campaign with a video featuring both a gay and lesbian couple