Last night, Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker at a gala event for South Carolina Equality, and delineated her plan to continue fighting for LGBTQ equality.
Clinton specifically name-checked two activists: Chase Culpepper, a transgender woman who battled the state for the right to be presented as she wished on her drivings license; and Crystal Moore, the Latta police chief who was fired for being gay and subsequently given back her job after the town demonstrated overwhelming support.
Clinton broadly outlined her course of action should she win the presidential election:
“I thought the struggle over voting rights was over in the 1960s. And here we are, once again fighting to make sure people get to register and vote and not be stopped with artificial barriers. Well, it is the same with the rights of the LGBT community.”
“The vote just a few days ago in Houston is a reminder that fear and misconceptions exist, and there are still too many people willing to exploit them for political gain. There are still too many places in our country, and there’s too many places here in South Carolina, where LGBT Americans are targeted for harassment and even violence. And there are way too many young people who are uncertain, even scared of what their future might hold.
“So here in this really lovely setting for this celebratory dinner, I want to ask you not to forget how much work still lies ahead.”
Clinton promised to fight for the Federal Equality Act and make sure it passes in Congress, cook up with stronger health care plans for the gay community, update the records of military personnel who were discharged for being gay, make sure transgender people can serve in the military, and work towards ending the overwhelming amount of violence plaguing the trans community.
Clinton warns the crowd about the Supreme Court seats that will soon be open:
“Amid ridiculous and offensive comments, there are deadly serious issues at stake. Every single Republican candidate is against marriage equality. Many of them are already on record as being against laws to end discrimination. Many are against same-sex couples adopting. And as has already been said, the next Supreme Court may have three, possibly four, openings during the next presidency. We cannot afford to take a risk. I will do my part to make sure issues such as these are given the attention they deserve on the campaign trail, and more importantly I intend to be and will be your partner in the White House.”
Watch the speech here:
You can read the entire transcript on the following pages.