Monday, February 04, 2008

Hillary Clinton's outreach to queer folk

Well, she calls us by the more politically correct term, "LGBT Americans." Here's a blog post signed by Sen. Clinton, posted on a gay site:

LGBT Americans: "I Want to Be Your President"

by Senator Hillary Clinton

As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed – America is embracing its LGBT sons and daughters with an acceptance and understanding as never before. On the campaign trail, a father of a gay son will ask about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A woman will ask why she can be discriminated against just because of who she is. Sometimes they wait furtively for the crowd to thin and then whisper their confidences in a soft voice and sometimes they stand up proudly at town meetings and want me to share my views on how I will help lead the change to assure that this country fulfills its promise to everyone.

Let me tell you what I have been telling voters across America. I am fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans. For seven long years, the Bush Administration has tried to divide us - only seeing people who matter to them. It's been a government of the few, by the few, and for the few. And no community has been more invisible to this administration than the LGBT community.

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1 comment:

S.W. Anderson said...

What an excellent, enlightened, thoroughly decent statement! Good for Hillary Clinton.

Our country never goes wrong when it opts for fairness and inclusion.

I am not among those who yearn for an unrealistic and ill-timed end to partisanship (although I want partisanship kept within reasonable bounds). But I do want Americans to regard themselves as a family in which the many, many things we have in common so far outweigh in importance our differences.

Clinton's statement is reassuringly consistent with that sentiment. Bless her for that.

BTW, I'm happily heterosexual. I realize however that just as I didn't choose my sexual orientation, others didn't choose theirs either.