In an unprecedented statement by a political candidate for the presidency, Hillary Clinton outlined her plans for equality yesterday.
In her statement, Clinton pledged to fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans. She advised she will work with congress to pass the Equality Act, an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Act would provide LGBT individuals explicit and comprehensive protection from discrimination in all facets of American life—employment, housing, schools, access to credit, public education, jury service, and public accommodations.
Clinton pledged to continue, fully implement and enforce the President’s LGBT equality executive actions. She stated she will support the current efforts to add “gender identity” to all federal statutes that fall under “sex discrimination”.
Clinton also states that she will make it easier for LGBT couples to adopt children. She outlined a plan to stop conversion therapy for minors and will work to improve school climates for LGBT children. She also intends to help LGBT elders, families, individuals and homeless youth.
The 3rd portion outlined in her plan is to honor the military service of gay and transgender soldiers. She plans to upgrade the service record of any LGBT individuals who were dismissed for sexual orientation. She also plans to allow the 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military to openly serve.
We must do more to end discrimination against the transgender community. – Hillary Clinton
Clinton outlined her plans to end transgender violence. She also intends to streamline the process of changing identity documents for transgender individuals. Clinton proposed an investment in training those in law enforcement in dealing with LGBT citizens.