Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hillary's LGBT Steering Committee in PA

Update: I mentioned elsewhere that Obama would not do interviews with LGBT magazines. Apparently, he did one over the McClurkin flap back in October, 2007. I stand corrected.

This is another press release from Hillary's site from 4/9/08. I cannot say enough what a valued ally Clinton has been to the LGBT community. I have faith that she will continue to be our ally when she is president. Here's the article:


Hillary Clinton Announces 71 Member LGBT Pennsylvania Steering Committee
Philadelphia, PA – Today, Pennsylvanians for Hillary Clinton announced the formation of its statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Steering Committee for Hillary which consists of dozens of LGBT leaders throughout the Keystone state. The steering committee will host a kick-off event at Woody’s Bar and Grill on April 12th with special guest recording artist Sophie B. Hawkins.

The list of supporters reflects the diversity of the LGBT community which includes community leaders, elected officials, educators, healthcare professionals, and business owners.

"The LGBT community deserves a President who talks to our community and to the issues we care about," said Kevin Lee, Lansdowne Borough Councilman. "Hillary Clinton has a proven track record of doing that. As a Senator, Hillary Clinton worked with LGBT groups to develop the smart strategy that defeated the Federal Marriage Amendment and championed the Early Treatment for HIV Act. As a candidate, she continues to talk to the community. That matters to me, and it matters in this election."

"I am proud to be from Pennsylvania, I'm proud to be a Democrat, and I'm proud to support Hillary Clinton. She has always been a supporter of our community and even more importantly she is someone who has the experience, heart and intelligence that would make her someone I would be proud to have as President of the United States.," said Carson Kressley, actor, fashion expert, and host of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Hillary has been a longtime ally of the LGBT community. She fought against the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) both times and has worked on legislation that would promote equality for LGBT Americans. As President, Hillary will work to ensure that gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships have the same legal rights and responsibilities as all Americans. She will also work to end discrimination in adoption laws, sign hate crimes legislation and ENDA into law, and put an end to the failed policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

"I am proud to receive the support of such a dynamic group of leaders in the Pennsylvania LGBT community," said Clinton. "LGBT Americans have been a part of this campaign from the start and I look forward to continuing to work with the community in the Keystone state to ensure we end the divisive politics of the current administration. As President, I will do just that and will continue fighting for equality for all Americans."

A list of the 71 members is available at the site.

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