The times Hillary Clinton marched in a pride parade — and made history.
Marching for equality through the years.
This summer, Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first presidential nominee from a major party to march in New York City’s annual pride parade.
It wasn’t, however, Hillary’s first time walking alongside the LGBT community — or making history doing it.
Hillary marched down New York’s Fifth Avenue during the summer of 2000 and became the nation’s first first lady to march in a pride parade alongside advocates and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Back in 2000, laws protecting LGBT people weren’t as widespread as they are now. And at the time, the only state to recognize same-sex unions was Vermont.
Thanks to the tireless work of advocates and allies who believed in full LGBT equality, the attitudes of Americans began to change — so too, did their hearts and minds. That included Hillary, and she moved to show solidarity with the LGBT community:
Our country has achieved much these past few years when it comes to the equal treatment of LGBT Americans. Federal agencies have issued nondiscrimination regulations to protect LGBT people in health care, education, and homeless shelters. Additionally, 18 states and Washington, D.C., now have comprehensive nondiscrimination protections. This year, transgender people joined gays and lesbians in the ability to serve openly in the military. And thanks to the Supreme Court, LGBT people can now marry the person they love.
However, there’s obviously still more work to do. As president, Hillary will work to ensure all Americans are treated fairly and equally in the eyes of the law. That includes working to pass the Equality Act to provide full federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBT Americans, ending so-called “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth, and promoting the human rights of LGBT people around the world.
“Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” — Hillary, December 6th, 2011
There is a high likelihood that the next president will appoint several Supreme Court justices who could reverse the progress we’ve made as a nation — or help to keep the country moving forward.If you believe in the equal treatment of all LGBT Americans, make sure you voteand help elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president of the United States.
Originally published at www.hillaryclinton.com.