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Hillary Clinton to address Human Rights Campaign

National organization cites Clinton's pro-LGBT record in inviting her to address more than 800 activists

Hillary Clinton - Credit: Canada 2020/flickr
Hillary Clinton – Credit: Canada 2020/flickr

The Human Rights Campaign announced on Tuesday that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will address the organization and more than 800 LGBT leaders from across the country, ahead of HRC’s 19th annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Although HRC has not endorsed any candidate for the presidency, in either the 2016 primary or general election, the organization cited Clinton’s longstanding support for the LGBT community as both a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State in selecting her as a guest speaker. Clinton has also been an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights in her current presidential campaign, including backing the Equality Act, the main legislative initiative that HRC is trying to push through Congress. If passed, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Secretary Clinton is a tremendous advocate for equality and has been a tireless champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “A visionary leader fighting for an America where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re thrilled Secretary Clinton will join us to discuss the challenges ahead in the fight for full federal equality.”

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