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11/04/2016 11:15 am ET Updated Jan 06, 2017

Hillary Clinton Tells LGBTQ People 'I Will Always Have Your Back'

“We have so much more work to do."
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton went on record about her commitment to the LGBTQ community this week during a new interview with The Washington Blade.

In the interview, Clinton told Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade that she believes, “We have so much more work to do, and I want LGBT people in every corner of this country to know that as president, I will always have your back.”

Clinton then said she is committed to championing a multitude of issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including harassment, bullying and the epidemic of queer youth homelessness.

“As president, I’ll make fighting discrimination against the LGBT community a top priority,” she continued, “including by working with Congress to pass the Equality Act.”

The Equality Act of 2015 is a bill that, if passed, would offer Americans non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, only a minority of states offer these protections.

Prior to receiving the nomination, Clinton had a challenging time winning the LGBTQ vote due to her previous track record on gay marriage and husband Bill Clinton’s signing of the Defense of Marriage Act.

However, the 2016 Republican platform has been called “the most anti-LGBT platform in the party’s 162 year history.” Trump is also no friend to the LGBTQ community nor the fight for queer liberation, despite recent bizarre attempts to pander to queer people.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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