But she hopes to put all of that behind her according to a speech at a recent HRC event held in DC last week.
“America is better when we are inclusive, open, and striving towards full equality,” Clinton said, according to The Washington Blade. “The Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality was a watershed moment in this fight, but our work to reach the promise of full equality remains unfinished.”
Clinton unveiled a series of LGBTQ focused initiatives including support for the Equality Act; openly transgender service in the U.S. military; ending discrimination against LGBT families in adoption; and capping out-of-pocket drug expenses to $250 a month.
All of these points had been brought up in past Clinton speeches, but some new ideas were mentioned this time as well:
… Ending “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors; expanding the utilization of HIV prevention medications, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and supporting efforts in the courts and federal government to clarify under federal statutes “sex discrimination” constitutes discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.”
For transgender rights, Clinton pledges to protect transgender people from violence in a record year record for murders throughout the country; streamline processes to allow transgender people to change their gender marker on identification documents; and educate police officers on identifying bias-motivated crimes.
“This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever…as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so.”