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Keep fighting for a more equal America


By Hillary Clinton

Fri June 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton: We need to continue to fight discrimination at all levels of government
We must ensure America remains on the right side of history, she says

“Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.”

(CNN)As we enter Pride Month, and reflect on what has transpired in the last year, it’s clear that America took some big steps forward in our ongoing fight for equality.
Marriage equality is the law of the land. The federal government and U.S. military’s nondiscrimination policies now cover sexual orientation. Adoption by same-sex couples is finally legal in every state.

And in communities across the country, high schools are celebrating same-sex prom kings and queens. Transgender people have been living with greater openness and joy. There’s no denying that our country is moving forward.
Now we need to make sure America remains on the right side of history. We’re already seeing efforts to reverse the gains we’ve made in statehouses and courthouses across the country. Not to mention, there’s an election going on — and it would be all too easy for our next president to roll back much of the progress we have made.
Enter Donald Trump, who has pledged to do just that.

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Since she has been tweeting regularly, Hillary has begun to display a real flair for the concise social medium.  Here is her kick-off to Pride Month on Twitter,



Don’t let the brevity of the message fool you.  Hillary has a long history of support for the LGBT community.  As New York Senator, she marched in parades.

Hillary Clinton

As Secretary of State she heard the requests of LGBT Foreign Service members to extend domestic benefits to partners, promised to investigate the feasibility, found it doable, and within six months of setting foot at Foggy Bottom established those benefits.

Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Foreign Service Employees

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 18, 2009

While a career in the Foreign Service is rewarding, the demands to serve our country require great commitment and sacrifice by Foreign Service employees and their families. As in American society, our Foreign Service families come in different configurations; all are part of the common fabric of our Post communities abroad. Family members often uproot their lives, endure hardship conditions, and put their own careers on hold to support our overseas missions. The Department of State acknowledges these vital contributions by providing certain family members with benefits, training, and allowances.
The same has not been true for domestic partners of Foreign Service employees.

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By definition and job description, Foreign Service officials work in other countries some of which have been hostile to LGBT rights, so, as Secretary of State, Hillary brought the campaign for human rights of LGBT people into the international arena.

Remarks at an Event Co-Hosted by the Department of State and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) in celebration of LGBT Pride Month

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Dean Acheson Auditorium
Washington, DC
June 27, 2011

… in March, the United States led a major effort at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to get other countries to sign on in support of a statement on ending violence and criminalization based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In the end, 85 countries signed the statement, 18 more than ever had signed onto any previous UN statement on LGBT rights.And in the very next session of the Human Rights Council, just two weeks ago after another major push by American diplomats in Geneva as well as our teams from IO, DRL, EUR, WHA, and other bureaus, the Council passed the first ever UN resolution recognizing the human rights of LGBT people worldwide. And it was especially meaningful that we had South Africa cosponsoring that resolution with us. And with that we took a huge step forward in our work to refute the hateful suggestion that LGBT people are somehow exempt from human rights protections, and we made it absolutely clear that, so far as the United States is concerned and our foreign policy, and our values – that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.

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In December 2011 she delivered an historic address in Geneva commemorating Human Rights Day.

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Human Rights Day Speech

December 6, 2011

Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
December 6, 2011

She has come to support marriage equality and recently applauded Ireland’s ground-breaking vote with a laudatory tweet.



While her tweets are compact,  her rationale is rooted in broad investigation and deeply held values.  She was honored for her work in 2012.

Hillary Clinton: Video Remarks for LGBT Pride Award

Video Remarks for LGBT Pride Award

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 6, 2012

A big hello to all of you there in London. I am sorry I can’t be there in person to join the festivities and to say “thank you” for this special award.I want to acknowledge all the people who are working hard to advance human rights in their own communities around the world—people whose names may not be well-known but who are making a difference every day.

They deserve our gratitude and our deep respect.
As I announced in Geneva last December, we’ve launched a Global Equality Fund—a fund that other governments, companies, and foundations can contribute to—that will provide support for civil society groups around the world that are working to protect the human rights of LGBT people.

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Like IN law, AR bill goes beyond protecting religion, would permit unfair discrimination against Americans. I urge Governor to veto.

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Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against ppl bc of who they love

Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill At Private…

WASHINGTON — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The Religious Freedom…

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The metaphor of Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings has run through these pages before in both words and images.  Hillary Clinton can look tantalizingly attractive as she waits to take the podium, and,  for her supporters, the natural thought progression migrates to the steps of the Capitol on a January morning in 2017 in the rough-and-tumble, lickety-split manner of The Pokey Little Puppy‘s litter mates.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to walk onto stage to speak at the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the Department of the Interior in Washington May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to walk onto stage to speak at the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the Department of the Interior in Washington May 9, 2011.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

How fitting  that the week and month that begin with April Fool’s Day should herald Mme. Secretary’s  first three public speaking engagements as she emerges from her cocoon as a full-blown private citizen for the first time in decades while, in the outside world, Hillary-Fever hits epidemic proportions making fools of some.  In cable media, every self-respecting host devotes at least one segment to the Hillary Effect while the print media, bloggers, and Facebook groups offer, according to their place on the political spectrum, varied speculation on what Hillary Clinton could possibly be up to as she so coquettishly keeps us waiting for her answer to the Big Question.

Memory can be short.  Those who stood shoulder to shoulder with Hillary through the brutal 2008 primary campaign tend to be more circumspect about what a campaign would entail, how it might roll out, and the degree to which Hillary’s current sky high poll numbers might hold in a campaign setting.  Ironically, among some of the louder and more self-assured voices are those who assaulted her most viciously in 2008.  On his Sunday show yesterday, Chris Matthews stated with all the certainty in the world that “Hillary Clinton has given every indication that she is running…” which, of course she has not and has taken pains to avoid.  At counterpoint to this is Jim Rutenberg in yesterday’s New York Times who actually took the trouble to speak with Hillary’s spokesman Philippe Reines and exuded no such certainty.  It is not a stretch to imagine Matthews and his ilk to be dangling her out there as a pretty, candy-filled piñata waiting to be bashed once again when the new flavor of the month arises.  Who that might be I leave to speculation, but judging from responses to my tweets and Facebook posts a particular name proliferates.   True Hillary loyalists must regard current endorsements and their sources with a glance in the rear view mirror and a healthy dose of skepticism.

The only credible news is that Hillary Clinton will speak twice this week.  Tomorrow in Washington D.C. at Kennedy Center for the annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards and again on Friday at Lincoln Center in New York at the annual Women in the World Summit.   Her first official paid speaking event is scheduled for April 24 in Dallas.  Despite a rally scheduled for tomorrow evening outside Kennedy Center and promoted by the Ready for Hillary SuperPAC,  it is most unlikely that what we will hear her say will have anything to do with running for president.  It is far more likely, as reflected in Kathleen Parker’s excellent piece in Newsweek for Women in the World, that we shall hear her directly address the question of how her initiatives for women, established under the the auspices of the State Department, will continue  now that she no longer occupies her State Department post.

parker-FE01-hillary-effect-main-teaseCan the Hillary Effect sustain itself without the Hillary? ( Thomas Whiteside/Jed Root )

The Hillary Effect

Will Clinton’s Agenda Survive?

by Kathleen Parker

The Hillary Effect has spread across the globe. But how well will it last without Hillary at the helm?

Aside from a summary of how her agenda remains underpinned at the State Department, it seems realistic to expect an announcement of some private initiative on her part to continue addressing women’s issues on a global basis.  At both of these events she will have no dearth of strong women leaders from all over the world surrounding her who surely would join any campaign she embarks upon to advance the causes – the many causes of women – from education, to security in sending one’s children to school, to human trafficking, to marrying whom one chooses, to running businesses and running for political office.

While the next presidential election remains years away, daily, in many cultures, child brides are promised like chattel.  Assuredly, Mme. Secretary timed her marriage equality video for release prior to last week’s SCOTUS arguments, but the message resounds more broadly than the LGBT community, and women, who drive economies, who are the growers, makers, students, educators, and shoppers have their greatest impact when they are free rather than subjugated by fathers and by husbands they have not chosen.  That aspect of marriage equality, the full equality of citizens,  and its implications for women and girls is likely to arise among the many issues confronting women in the world today.

No, it is not likely that Hillary Clinton will have an announcement about a presidential campaign when she emerges from behind her curtain this week, but there is certain to be a campaign nonetheless.  There will be a platform, and as is always the case with Hillary Clinton, there will also be a blueprint for building the social structure she conceives.

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Emily’s List has initiated a campaign to thank our Hillary for her Human Rights Campaign video endorsing marriage equality.  Perhaps you would like to sign.  See below.

You can sign Emily’s List‘s thank you note to Hillary here.

On Monday, Hillary Clinton announced her support for marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples everywhere. As a former first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary’s voice is a powerful one, and we thank her for her courage and leadership in standing behind same sex couples and their families.

Join us in saying “thank you” to Hillary Clinton for making her voice heard: Sign our letter today!

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The Human Rights Campaign has released a video by Hillary Clinton in support of marriage equality. In part, the HRC states:

We are honored to have Secretary Clinton’s moving statement as part of our Americans for Marriage Equality series.  Now that she has left office and can speak publicly about the issue that is so important to all of us, Hillary shares her experience as Secretary and what she learned while representing our country around the world, and what she has come to believe.

A little over a year ago in Geneva. I told the nations of the world that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights. And that the United States would be a leader in defending those rights.

Now there were some countries that did not want to hear that. But I believe America is at its best when — — the freedom and dignity of every human being. That’s who we are it’s in our DNA.

And as secretary of state. I had the privilege to represent. That America.

I will never forget the young Tunisian who asked me after the revolution in his country. How America could teach his new democracy. To protect the rights of its LG BT citizens.

He saw America. As an example for the world and as a beacon of hope. That’s what was in my mind as I engaged in some pretty tough conversations with foreign leaders.

Who did not accept that human rights apply to everyone. Gay and straight. When I directed our diplomats around the world.

To combat — — — laws and reach out to the brave activists fighting on the front lines. And when I changed State Department policy to ensure that our LG BT families are treated more fairly. Traveling the world these past four years reaffirmed and — my pride in our country in the ideals we stand for.

It also inspired and challenged to me. To — — — about who we are in the values we represented the world. Now having left public office I want to share some of what I’ve learned.

And what I’ve come to believe. For America to continue leading in the world there is work we must do here at home. That means investing in our people our economy our national security.

It also means working every day as citizens. As communities as — country. To live up to our highest ideals and continue.

Our long march to a more perfect union. LG BT Americans. Our our colleagues.

Our teachers our soldiers our friends. Our — ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.

That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I supported personally and as a matter of policy and law.

Imbedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LG BT Americans and all Americans. Like so many others my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage.

My devotion to law and human rights and the guiding principles of my faith. Marriage after all is a fundamental. Building block of our society.

A great joy and yes a great responsibility. A few years ago bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life and I wish every parent that same joy. To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love.

Is to deny them the chance. To live up to their own god given potential. Throughout our history as our nation has become even more dedicated.

To the protection of liberty and justice for all. More open to the contributions of all our citizens. It has also become stronger.

More competitive. More ready for the future. It benefits every American.

When we continue on that path. I know that many in our country still struggle to reconcile. The teachings of their religion the poll of their conscience.

The personal experiences they have in their families and communities. And people of goodwill and good faith will continue to view this issue differently. So I hope that as we discuss and debate whether it’s around — kitchen table or in the public square.

We do so in a spirit respect. And understanding. Conversations with our friends our families our congregations.

Our coworkers. Are opportunities to share our own reflections. And to invite others to share there’s.

They give us a chance to find that common ground. And a path forward. For those of us who lived through the long years of the civil rights and women’s rights movements.

The speed with which more and more people have come to embrace the dignity and equality. — LG BT Americans has banned breath taking. And inspiring.

We see — all around us every day in major cultural statements. And in quiet family moments. But the journey is far from over and therefore we must keep working to make our country freer and — And to continue to inspire the — the world puts in — leadership. In doing so we will keep moving closer and closer to that more perfect union promised to us all. Thank you.

The transcript comes compliments of ABC News to which the web administration at HRC kindly pointed us.

The Human Rights Day speech of December 6, 2011 to which she refers can be viewed and read here:   Video: Secretary Clinton’s Human Rights Day Speech, December 6, 2011

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Those whose last name is Clinton continue to earn the nation’s ear as well as respect and praise for their accomplishments. Here are a few testimonies to that effect.

First, we have this from none other than Chris Cillizza at WaPo.  (Wait!  Isn’t this one of the “b*tch beer guys?)  Guess anyone can have a change of heart and mind.  Yes, they were hard.  Let us be receptive … and circumspect.

Best year: The Clintons

By Chris Cillizza

When we gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton our “good year” in 2010, we thought she was headed toward a little bit of a letdown in 2011. Boy, were we wrong. (Mental note: Stop counting out the Clintons.)

Images: Reuters, AP

In a year in which almost anyone associated with the Obama administration turned to dross — Attorney General Eric Holder (“Fast and Furious”), Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (the economy), Energy Secretary Steven Chu (Solyndra), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Plan B) — Clinton managed to stay gold.

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Then our spectacular HRC was named “Person of the Year” here for her advocacy of LGBT rights by the South Florida Gay News.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 10:04 Written by Norm Kent
We celebrate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as SFGN’s‘Person of the Year’ for her continued support and advocacy of LGBT rights, from her days as a young lawyer to her tenure as First Lady in the White House.Last week, on International Human Rights Day, addressing United Nations delegates meeting in Geneva, Clinton dedicated her speech to advancing internationally the rights of LGBT citizens around the globe. This historic talk was off the charts and over the top. Never in the history of the United States has such a high-ranking official made such an unbridled acceptance about the dignity of LGBT citizens around the globe. It was a bold, courageous, honorable global initiative. Decades hence, it will be recorded as such. For now, let’s appreciate that this moment was monumental.

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Meeting with LGBT Activists and Supporters from the Diplomatic Corps


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
December 6, 2011

Well, I just wanted to stop by and very briefly express my appreciation to all of you for what you do every single day. I understand that you have traveled from 13 countries on four continents to be here, which I think speaks volumes about how important you believe these efforts are. And I want to thank Eileen and her team, who have been just stalwart in supporting our leadership and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. I want to thank Esther Brimmer, our Assistant Secretary for International Organizations back at the State Department. And is Ambassador Minty here? Is Ambassador Minty – where’s Ambassador Minty? Ambassador Minty, thank you, and I will publicly thank South Africa in my remarks, in my formal speech.

I want to thank – taking sort of personal privilege and national pride – some individual representatives here from both the American and the international NGO community – Ambassador Mike Guest, Mark Bromley, and Julie Dorf from the Council for Global Equality, our great partners and help coordinate a lot of other NGO voices. Mike, as you know, is a retired ambassador from our Foreign Service, and yet is still working in the service of public – the public interest. I want to thank John Fisher and all who worked with him here in Geneva to support the resolution in June.

And I want to thank each and every one of you here in Geneva for the great work that was done on the resolution, and also those of you who are out every single day making the case for dignity and human rights for all people. I know it is challenging and dangerous in many instances. But first and foremost, we want you to know that you are not alone, that you have a growing chorus of people who recognize this as a human rights issue for the 21st century.

So without further ado, I will see you in the chamber, where I hope that the United States will continue to make the case, not just for those who are already convinced, but most importantly for the many leaders and our fellow citizens around the world who are not, and who we have to recognize their issues and concerns in order to keep evolving the consensus on behalf of LGBT rights for all.

Thank you. (Applause.)

My two cents here: MSNBC is saying she delivered her remarks “under orders from President Obama.”  HRC has never required “orders” to make human rights statements. She was the first in the administration to provide benefits to domestic partners of employees. She held a town hall at DOS early in her tenure and was asked by GLIFAA if she would do this. She promised she would look innto it, she did, and in June of 2009 announced  the new policy.  Obama did not do that until after she did.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, centre back, meets with Belarus Civil Society representatives following an international conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

Remarks at the Belarus Civil Society Roundtable


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Tolerance Center
Vilnius, Lithuania
December 6, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Let me begin by saying what an honor it is for me and my colleagues to be meeting here with you today. There is probably no more difficult and no more important job than the one you are doing, which is to try to build democracy. I want to make just three short points, and then we want to hear from all of you.

First, we recognize that this has been a brutally difficult year for the people of Belarus. We know that every day there is a new arrest or a new restrictive law or further harassment against civil society and the media.

We continue to demand the unconditional release of all political prisoners. By our count, there are more than 50 individuals still in prison or under restrictive release, and I want to assure you that the United States will continue working for their freedom.

Second, we will continue, along with our partners in the European Union and other democracies, to take actions against the Lukashenko regime, including sanctions and travel bans. Until the government takes concrete steps to improve human rights and the conditions for democracy, they will not have improved relations with the United States.

And finally, although we cannot see Belarus 40 kilometers away from here, I want you to know that we have great confidence in your being on the right side of history. And your commitment is not only important to your country, but it is an inspiration to people fighting for their rights and for democracy around the world. In fact, I think your efforts are becoming quite well known. Groups, including Viasna 96, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and the Belarusian Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs, are serving as beacons of courage far beyond your country.

So again, I am honored to be with you, and now I look forward to hearing from all of you.

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Belarus CS Roundtable, posted with vodpod


Just an idle thought here: I wonder if high officials from other countries attend events like this.  Did other foreign ministers meet with the Afghan civil society and women leaders yesterday, or are these signature events requested by and arranged for HRC?  I believe the latter is the case and explains why almost nothing comes as a surprise to her.  In fact, it explains why she sometimes knows more about what is going on beneath the surface in a country than the leaders themselves do.  Her Doha speech last January at Forum For The Future stands as archetypal.  She knew of the frustration and unrest below the surface in Arab societies from panels and roundtables like this one, and she warned the elders that without reform they might be facing turmoil.  Tunisia’s government,  protested since December 18 the month before, fell the following day.

Every time she visits a country or attends a conference, Mme. Secretary takes the trouble to have meetings like this one, like a pretty nurse visiting the wards and checking vital signs.  It provides her with inside knowledge that informs the kind of relationship we have and aid we provide to given countries.  “Soft power” consists of a broad range of facilities at hand.  “Smart Power”  lies in applying these facilities wisely.

I saw a joke someone offered somewhere:  There won’t be any Nativity scenes in D.C. because they can’t find a virgin or three wise men.  Well, maybe not, but there is a wise woman.  This wise woman is worth at least three wise men!

(Breaking:  Just in from the White House ~ in conjunction with Mme. Secretary’s upcoming speech in Geneva this Human Rights Day,  the White House announces that a factor in deciding aid to foreign countries will be treatment of the LGBT community.  Now where do you suppose Mme. Secretary might hear about that?  You bet!  In these civil society meetings.)

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