April 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Clinton blasts Trump for actions against LGBT rights

Hillary Clinton denounced President Trump for actions against LGBT rights. (screenshot via CNN)

Hillary Clinton lambasted President Trump on Thursday evening for actions his administration has taken against LGBT rights as the 100-day mark of his time in office approaches, saying gains made by the LGBT community “may not be as a secure as we once expected.”

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee who has recently emerged from shadows after her loss, made the remarks at The Center for the LGBT community in New York City, which honored her with “The Trailblazer Award” for her work to advance LGBT rights.

During her remarks, Clinton said the LGBT community may have to face the fact that Trump may never lead on LGBT issues given the actions seen this far from his administration.

“We’ve learned something important, that the progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines of, and that we’ve celebrated, and maybe even taken for granted may not be as a secure as we once expected,” Clinton said.

Clinton criticized Trump for his rollback of guidance ensuring protections in schools for transgender students, saying her “heart broke” when she learned of it. She also assailed Trump’s proposed rollback of HIV and AIDS research funds in his budget.

“Some of the changes that we’re seeing may seem small, but they matter a great deal if you’re the person affected,” Clinton said. “For example, whether or not you’re counted in the Census. Others carry historic significance, like the future of the Supreme Court.”

With LGBT groups opposing the confirmation of Trump’s nominee Mark Green as Army secretary based on his anti-trans views, Clinton criticized him for being an “outspoken opponent” of LGBT rights.

Amid reports of gay “concentration camps in the Russian semi-autonomous Republic of Chechnya,” Clinton called on the Trump administration to seek more forcefully an end to the alleged human rights abuses.

“And it is not just here in our country that we’re seeing clouds gathering on the horizon,” Clinton said. “In recent weeks, we’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured and even killed. And when government authorities were confronted with these reports, their response was chilling: They said you cannot arrest and repress people who do not exist. The United States government, yes, this government, should demand an end to persecution of innocent people across the world.”

With audience members applauding her criticism of Trump, Clinton urged them to remember their anger during the mid-term elections in 2018.

“I know the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said with a wry smile. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your heads, please keep going. When you feel a little down, a good friend or a loved one says, ‘Quit yelling at the television set,’ just remember, we need to resist, insist, persist and enlist, and make sure our voices and our votes count.”

As secretary of state, Clinton took the lead on making international LGBT rights part of U.S. foreign policy, declaring in a 2011 speech in Geneva “gay rights are human rights.” Clinton has faced criticism for not declaring support for same-sex marriage until 2013, months after she left the Obama administration.

h/t Raw Story

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • EastCoastJ

    LOL. Yet Hillary wanted to bring on more Pulse Club massacres by letting a million more Muslim refugees into the U.S.

    • Don Davenport

      Well not all of the million plus Muslims/”refugees” she wanted to let in would likely have supported sharia law. Maybe just some of them.

      All religions have their bad apples. Just look at Timothy McCeigh and the Crusades.

      Incidents such as Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, London, etc. just happen. Listen to our fearless leaders and just go on with your daily life. It’s not a big deal (errr unless you just so happen to get caught in the middle of it, but that is a very small chance). As the Muslim mayor of London said its just life in the big city. Besides if you speak out the terrorists, err I meant “extremists” win.

      Orlando was a gun control issue. Blame the NRA, not Islamic ideology.

      Certainly not all Muslims are devout and “homophobic”. Why point your finger at an entire peaceful religion that has over a billion followers?

      Do you want to be stigmatized as “Islamophobic” (as well as “racist”, “hateful”, “intolerant”, etc.) just because of a few mass killings…? It’s not worth it.

      Besides, you might dimunish your chances to get invitations to all the best parties. With pride season just around the corner, that would be really tragic.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Not re tipping, but the above commentary would have more resonance with Blade readers if at least some prominent Muslims would at least endorse LGBTQ equality, even via something general like freedom for each community means freedom for every community.

        I don’t recall ever reading something like this in the Blade.

        Nor do I recall the Blade asking Islamic organizations for comment on this point, though I may have missed something.

        Thank you.

        • Don Davenport

          Linda Sarsour, a media/feminist darling and prominent Muslim once said publicly she stands with the “LGBT community” but she made numerous comments about her support for sharia law. Where do you think her loyalty really resides?

          As Mohammed once said “War is deceit.”

      • Count Dracula

        Orlando was a gun control issue

        You are truly brain dead

        • Don Davenport

          I agree totally. Thank you.

          • Count Dracula

            Glad to see there’s hope for you

          • Don Davenport

            Sadly, many are saying it is a gun control issue. They ran a story last year about one of the nightclub victims mother lobbying against the NRA. I guess she thought it was safest to sacrifice her son on the altar of political correctness than be labeled a “racist” and “Islamophobe”.

          • Count Dracula

            Ah, didn’t catch you sarcasm.

  • Don Davenport

    Well not all of the million plus Muslims/”refugees” she wanted to let in would likely have supported sharia law. Maybe just some of them.

    All religions have their bad apples. Just look at Timothy McCeigh and the Crusades.

    Incidents like Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, London, etc. just happen. Listen to our fearless leaders and just go on with your daily life. It’s not a big deal (errr unless you just so happen to get caught in the middle of it, but that is a very small chance). As the Muslim mayor of London said its just life in the big city. Besides if you speak out the terrorists, err I meant “extremists” win.

    Orlando was a gun control issue. Blame the NRA, not Islamic ideology.

    Certainly not all Muslims are devout and “homophobic”. Why point your finger at an entire peaceful religion that has over a billion followers?

    Do you want to be stigmatized as “Islamophobic” (as well as “racist”, “hateful”, “intolerant”, etc.) just because of a few mass killings…? It’s not worth it.

    Besides, you might dimunish your chances to get invitations to all the best parties. With pride season just around the corner, that would be tragic.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Well, the very best way for Hillary Clinton to help bring America, and the true American values she espouses, back together again, is to immediately help address income inequality by setting a good example for the rest of us:

    Tip generously for good service.

    Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

    Just ask Hillary. Thank you.

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