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5 Things We Learned About Hillary Clinton's Stance on LGBT Issues

Hillary Clinton
Associated Press

Clinton has penned an op-ed for the Philadelphia Gay News outlining her track record with LGBT issues and her plans for equality moving forward.

Hillary Clinton has just becoem the first presidential candidate for a major political party in history to publish in a gay newspaper. Within the article, Clinton makes some powerful statements about the LGBT community. Here are five key takeaways:

Clinton wants to end workplace discrimination and she's got the plans to do it.

"We need to act on the federal level to take on discrimination in all its forms. That's what I'll do as President -- with your help."

"That means working to pass the Equality Act. It would finally provide LGBT people full federal nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and so much more. I know that differences of opinion on LGBT equality still exist in the hearts of some Americans, but they should not exist under our laws."

She emphasized the dangerous consequences of putting a pair like Trump and Pence into political power. Both men have demonstrated they have not and will not be a friend of the LGBT community.

"It's not just Trump's policies that reveal the kind of president he would be. So does his choice of running mate. Mike Pence is one of the most anti-LGBT public officials in America."

She wants to make gun reform a priority, and highlighted the uniquely harmful costs violence has had and continues to have on our community.

"I also believe we must address the ongoing issue of violence against the LGBT community. LGBT people are now more likely than any other group to be the target of a hate crime."

"We need to stop the violence and save LGBT lives. We need to collect more data around gender identity and sexual orientation in hate crimes, so we can stop them in a smarter, more effective way. And we need to finally pass common-sense reforms to address the gun violence epidemic. "

She also wants to continue pursuing effective cures for HIV/AIDS.

"Finally, we need to continue our fight to achieve our goal of an AIDS-free generation."

And she outlined the important and brave things she's already done in her career to put her words into actions.

"As First Lady and Senator, I fought to significantly expand funding for AIDS research. As Secretary of State, I changed the rules so that State Department employees in same-sex relationships were treated the same as their colleagues and so that transgender Americans could obtain passports that reflected their true gender identity."

Read the full letter here, and make sure you're registered to vote here.

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