Hillary Clinton unveils extensive LGBT agenda for potential presidency
Just days after Ricky Martin urged the LGBT community to back her campaign, Hillary Clinton has published a detailed document outlining the LGBT agenda she would pursue as President of the United States - which includes plans to ban gay 'conversion' therapy for children, extend the use of PrEP, and help transgender military personnel to serve openly.
In a statement, the former Secretary of State acknowledged "the hard work of generations of LGBT advocates and activists" whose fight led to the landmark victory passed earlier this year when the Supreme Court recognised the rights of gay couples to marry.
However, she adds that "our work to reach the promise of full equality remains unfinished," and sets out a thorough six point plan detailing the goals she will commit to as president.
Hillary Clinton promises to:
Fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans - This crucial main area includes passing the Equality Act to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes, alongside race, sex, national origin and religion.
Support LGBT youth, parents, and elders - This includes the banning of conversion therapy for minors, an end to discrimination against LGBT families in adoptions, and a commitment to tackling homelessness in youth, and housing difficulties in old age.
Honor the military service of LGBT people - Here, Clinton will support efforts to allow transgender military personnel to serve openly, and will upgrade service records of LGBT veterans dismissed due to their sexual orientation. This is particularly notable, as it was the previous President Clinton who introduced the military's 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy.
Secure affordable treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS - Clinton wants Medicaid to provide necessary health care to people living with HIV, and for an expansion in the utilization of PrEP.
Protect transgender rights - As Secretary of State, Clinton made it easier for transgender individuals to update their passports, and here she commits to doing this across all identity documents, as well as addressing the national rise in violence against transgender women.
Promote human rights of LGBT people around the world - Clinton pledges an increased $50 million to the Global Equality Fund which she launched, to support the millions of people whose sexuality places their lives in danger around the globe.