Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has emerged as an advocate for the LGBT community, telling voters that she would work to improve conditions for the LGBT community.
At a event in New Hampshire, an audience member asked “Senator Clinton, the people in the LGBT community want economic justice, trans justice. We are facing employment discrimination and lack of health insurance. How will you change that?”
The former Secretary of State and one-time New York Senator replied, “You deserve justice and equality under the law and it’s why I support the Equality Act…I’ve been on the front lines to try to get justice for the LGBT community and to try to end discrimination….My advocacy for the Equality Act is going to be at the top of my list when I’m President.”
The Equality Act is a piece of legislation that was introduced in mid-2015. The Equality Act seeks to expand the rights covered under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include the LGBT community, protecting them from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Notably, while Hillary Clinton currently supports same-sex marriage, it did take her several years to back the measure.
Hillary Clinton once made the remark that “Gay rights are human rights.”
Clinton also discussed her desire to help implement new measures that would support LGBT youth, especially those who are impacted by bullying and discrimination.
New Hampshire voters will cast their votes in a primary on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.