Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has shown repeatedly throughout her campaign that she is great for the LGBTQ community. On Sunday, she did so again by exhibiting the ultimate act of solidarity, and marching in the biggest pride parade of the season, New York City Pride.
This is extremely important, because the LGBTQ community definitely needs solidarity in a time when it has been the target of the largest mass shooting in history. Clinton clearly understands that while we have come a long way as a nation regarding LGBTQ rights, there’s still a long way to go. This is clearly evidenced by the Orlando shooting, as well as the response to it. After all, we have GOP politicians offering their thoughts and prayers after the event, but still opposing full equality for LGBTQ people. We also have much of Straight America erasing us from our own tragedy.
So, what our presumptive presidential nominee did on Sunday is of the utmost importance. She is accompanied by other LGBTQ rights supporters of influence, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. All of these people should definitely be very proud of what they are doing, because, at the end of the day, supporting full equality for LGBTQ people can still be politically damaging. Despite the fact that most of the country now supports marriage equality, there’s still a hard, far-right contingent of voters who absolutely loathe the LGBTQ community; hell, there were even preachers praising the shooting in Orlando simply because the victims were in an LGBTQ venue.
So, hats off, Madam Secretary. As a member of this community, I sincerely thank you. Hopefully, within a few months, we’ll be addressing you as Madam President. You are the best friend the LGBTQ community has in this race, and you proved it once again today.
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