January 19, 2016 at 8:15 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
Human Rights Campaign endorses Clinton
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Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign. (Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised supporters of the Human Rights Campaign in October “from one ‘HRC’ to another” she’d stand up for LGBT rights. On Tuesday, the other HRC returned the support.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, announced in a statement his organization’s 32-member board has unanimously voted to endorse Clinton in her bid for the White House.

“We’ve heard the leading Republican presidential candidates repeatedly threaten to block our progress, and to revoke, repeal, and overturn the gains we’ve made during President Obama’s two terms,” Griffin said. “While they fight to take us backwards, Hillary Clinton is fighting to advance LGBT equality across our nation and throughout the world. We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, and believe that she is the champion we can count on in November — and every day she occupies the Oval Office.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Clinton is set to accept the endorsement Sunday at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, with Griffin and HRC supporters.

The Human Rights Campaign is the most prominent LGBT endorsement Clinton has received following a series an endorsements from LGBT people. Others who’ve declared support for her are Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that brought marriage equality to entire nation, and Jimmy LaSalvia, who founded the gay conservative GOProud and has since bolted the Republican Party.

A Human Rights Campaign spokesperson said the vote on the endorsement was held Monday afternoon. The public policy committee recommendation was unanimous as was the vote by the full board of directions that followed, the spokesperson said.

Clinton said in a statement she’s “honored” to receive support from the Human Rights Campaign, which she said is in part responsible for “tremendous progress” on LGBT rights.

“But our work is far from over,” Clinton said. “Too many LGBT Americans still face discrimination — in employment, in housing, in education, in health care — because of who they are or who they love. And the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. The Republican candidates for president have not only hurled hateful, insulting rhetoric about the LGBT community — they’ve made it clear that if elected, they will roll back the rights that so many have fought for.”

Clinton reiterated her pledge to support the Equality Act, allowing transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military and ending widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors. In addition, she said she’d expand access to HIV prevention and treatment; confront disproportionate violence facing transgender people, especially transgender women of color; and continue her work as former secretary of state on international LGBT rights.

“I’m proud to stand with the Human Rights Campaign in this fight,” Clinton added. “Together, we can and will make our country — and our world — more just, fair, and equal for generations to come.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the endorsement was based on support for issues of concern to LGBT people, demonstrated leadership on LGBT issues and viability.

All candidates — both Democrat and Republican — were asked to fill out a questionnaire on LGBT issues, but only Clinton as well as Democratic candidates Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley responded with answers, according to HRC.

Asked whether the endorsement means Clinton is entitled to monetary support as a result of the endorsement, an HRC spokesperson said staff and volunteers will organize 1.5 million members and supporters about what’s at stake in the election and are already on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

As part of the endorsement announcement, the Human Rights Campaign unveiled a video contrasting Clinton with Republican presidential candidates and their anti-LGBT statements.

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

14 Comments
  • The article mentions nothing on Chad Griffin working for the former Clinton administration or that he wants a similar posution again in the WH. If your gay and wise you will drop the HRC based on your own self interest. The Clintons have done nothing for the gay community aside from ban gay marriage and reject same sex passport forms. And, unfortunately the HRC isnt a transparent organization how much Chad was paid will never be known.

      • http://www.change.org has a petition against the HRC, this is my comment I added:
        I am signing because! Chad Griffin head of the HRC worked for the Clintons since the 90’s and is looking for opportunity. I suspect he rigged the process like Wasserman Shultz. I am signing because the HRC didnt poll its members. I am signing because the Clintons have NO track record on behalf of the gay community without being told what to do. I am signing because regardless of Bernies less input on gay matters he defended homosexuals when the Clintons did NOTHING for gays except make gay marriage illegal, continue employment discrimination and not allow HIV positive people to travel internationally. Lastly the Clintons idea of gay rights activism is been supporting prefabricated hetero sexual pop performers whose careers are based in pandering gays for profit.

  • Bernie Sanders has supported gay people for his political career.
    Hillary Clinton flip-flopped on gay marriage.
    I am disappointed in LGBT.

  • This makes me sick to my stomach. Horrible choice.

  • Notgonnatellya seefirstname

    Wrong side of history.

  • GO HILLARY!! Thanks to HRC for making the RIGHT CHOICE!! #ImWithHer

    • As mayor in the 80’s Sanders made public statements on the right for gay people to march.
      In 1995 Bernie Sanders went before Congress,.search for the footage from Washington, (keywords: Bernie Sanders Defends Gays 1995). Sanders berates a member of Congress for using derrogatory language against homosexuals in the military. Remember Bill Clinton banning gay marriages which Sanders voted against. A former attorney Hillary has done nothing for the gay community until its been politcially expedient and popular. She has to be told what to do. Chad Griffin of the former Clinton administration head of HRC wants a Whitehouse position, the HRC never gave Sanders a platform to appeal to HRC members. Discontinue membership and tell others to do the same. And at this point what use are they?

  • It’s BernieOrBust! I’m no Dem. I’m only interested in this farce for one reason. For the first time in decades, someone with a record to be proud of, a consistent record over decades, someone who didn’t need to evolve into basic morality/ethics, someone who answers questions sans the double talking jibberish, someone with the balls to call a corrupt system corrupt,. In other words someone who isn’t a warmongering, corporate scumbag.
    Take note at the level of corruption in DC and who’s involved. Until these swine are driven out of US gov. The millions of Sanders supporters will be back on the sidelines. Exactly what a corrupt gov wants! But the Dems need to remember the slaughter in 2014 and get ready for one that’ll make that look like a winfall.

  • Was so upset about this…shame on you HRC, you should’ve held back any endorsement until after the primary. Bernie has always supported LGBT rights, as opposed to Hillary’s “evolution.” Feel the Bern…2016!

  • HRC made a bad decision so don’t call and ask me for donations

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