Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is spotlighting LGBT rights and equality in a new campaign ad, posted to her YouTube channel on Sunday, Dec. 6. The ad features scenes of gay and lesbian couples showing affection – holding hands, kissing – interspersed with Clinton giving various speeches where she calls for increased LGBT rights, while also calling attention to how much work is left to be done.
“Our fight to end discrimination, wherever it occurs [continues] – it’s outrageous that in 2015 you can still be fired for being gay, you can still lose your home for being gay, you can even be denied a wedding cake for being gay, and this kind of discrimination goes against everything we stand for as a country,” Clinton says in the ad. She continues, “I’m running for president to stand up for the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans, and all Americans. That’s a promise.”
Clinton also highlights the Obama Administration’s move toward making it easier for transgender people to change their sex on official government documents, such as passports, tax returns and marriage licenses.
“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct,” Clinton says, “but in fact they are one in the same. Being LGBT doesn’t make you less human, and that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
Clinton recently spoke at a SC Equality event, where she spoke on these same issues. It is clear that she will continue to make LGBT equality front and center in her campaign to become the next President of the United States.