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Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

22 April 2017

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However, Clinton was keen to use her acceptance speech to speak out against President Trump and his LGBT rights record.

"The US government - yes, this government - must demand an end to the persecution of gay men in Russian Federation", she said.

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"We've heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed", she said.

Clinton heavily criticized the nomination of Mark Green, whom she described as an "outspoken opponent" of the LGBTI community, as Secretary of the Army. The appearances come after a period of relative silence for the former secretary of State, who fought Trump in a bitter and controversy-ridden election contest last fall.

The former presidential contender, alongside designer Marc Jacobs, was being honored, and the crowd of well-manicured and suit-clad Wall Street types began to eagerly filter in as soon as doors opened at 6:30 p.m., all hoping to catch a glimpse of their martyred heroine.

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But despite these recent defeats - including her own in the presidential election - Clinton encouraged the audience to remain active and engaged. Clinton has faced criticism for not declaring support for same-sex marriage until 2013, months after she left the Obama administration.

While the reports have yet to be confirmed, as any information coming out of the region is shared secondhand, the U.S. State Department issued a stern statement on the matter on April 5, saying in part, "We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis". She also assailed Trump's proposed rollback of HIV and AIDS research funds in his budget.

"I know the election hit a lot of us hard", Clinton said knowingly. "We can, if we stay on that path, finally realize that dream - but not if we are forced off". "When you feel a little down, a good friend or a loved one says, 'Quit yelling at the television set, ' just remember, we need to resist, insist, persist and enlist, and make sure our voices and our votes count". "But that didn't happen". The center saw a 30 percent increase in demands for services after November, she said.

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Clinton ended her speech by sharing what she called her new mantra - 'the kind of thing that does pop into your head when you're out in the woods'.

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure