The Advocate Magazine Endorses Clinton

This is only the second presidential endorsement by The Advocate. The first was for President Obama’s second term.

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Hillary Clinton now has the backing of the LGBT magazine The Advocate.

The outlet endorsed the former secretary of State “with enthusiasm” on Monday. Here’s the rest of the endorsement:

    “Elections matter, and this election dramatizes that notion like no other. This is only the second presidential endorsement by The Advocate; the first was for President Obama’s second term. Prior to 2012, there had never been an Oval Office candidate — or incumbent — who fully embraced marriage equality, an essential position to earn this publication’s endorsement.

    “Now The Advocate endorses Hillary Clinton with enthusiasm.

    “In our endorsement of President Obama’s reelection four years ago, we noted his administration’s embrace of LGBT rights: ‘Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s moving and historic speech to an international audience of the United Nations’ human rights group in Geneva [in December 2011], observing the anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, made the Obama administration’s perspective very clear, that LGBT rights are human rights.’

    “Now Clinton has made LGBT inclusion a pillar of her campaign, from the first video announcing her candidacy. She has produced the most complete and impressive LGBT platform of any presidential candidate ever. In it, she has vowed to champion the Equality Act, the legislation that would enact federal nondiscrimination protections with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. Clinton’s policy platform called for an end to the ban on transgender military service — now officially gone — an end to quack ‘conversion therapy’ for minors, an end to discrimination against LGBT families in adoptions, improved school conditions for LGBT students, expanded shelters for homeless LGBT youth, affordable treatment for people with HIV, expanded access to PrEP, expanded data collection and other measures to stem the disproportionate violence against trans people, and improved access to correct identification for trans people, along with many other positions that directly affect the rights, health, and welfare of our communities. She has also pledged to continue the United States’ work of improving the condition of LGBT people internationally, a natural extension of that pledge made in Geneva.

    “Clinton has raised these issues with consistency during the primary season, and they have become a hallmark of her campaign heading into the general election.”

Clinton has made LGBT rights a center point of her campaign and has also been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.