Pep talk

Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: “Gay rights are human rights”

Hillary Clinton wants Donald Trump to officially come out against the alleged “gay purge” in Chechnya.

During a fundraising dinner for New York’s The Centre, she said, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

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It’s a phrase she’s used several times following Trump’s election, and one she first used while standing in the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva in 2011 as Secretary of State.

“I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” she said while receiving The Centre’s Trailblazer Award.

“Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.”

She said it’s especially important right now since “we’re seeing clouds gathering on the horizon” for the LGBTQ community.

Speaking of Chechnya’s “gay purge,” which has allegedly seen over 100 men detained and at least three men killed, she said:

“We’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed.

“The United States government – yes, this government – should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people.”

Then she suggested that “the progress that we fought for…that we celebrated and maybe even (took) for granted may not be as secure as we once expected.”

Clinton claimed that “when this administration rescinded protections for transgender students, my heart broke.”

“I thought of all our efforts to try to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we were on the way.

We can, if we stay on that path, finally realize that dream – but not if we are forced off….

I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues.

Let’s remember, 2018, the midterm elections…we can never stop fighting.”

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Later, Clinton jokingly said she had a difficult time deciding whether she should attend the fundraiser or go see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!

“I really struggled to figure out which event would best reflect my commitment to the community.”

She said she reached a compromise, going to the dinner but obeying a song title from the musical: “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.”

Then she invoked a mantra that she said was “the kind of thing that does pop into your head when you’re out in the woods.”

“When a good friend or loved one says: ‘Quit yelling at the television set,’ just remember: we need to resist, insist, persist and enlist.”

h/t: Pink News

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31 Comments

  • JaredMacBride

    Still waiting for this vile woman to tell her friends the Saudis to grant rights to women.

    • natekerchel

      You clearly have not watched the news or read any proper newspapers. You will find what you are looking for there.

    • 1898

      how come the saudis still aren’t on trump’s travel ban list?

    • Juanjo

      You are referring to Trump’s business partners in his Middle East properties? The men who bailed him out so he did not have to file a personal bankruptcy? The people who Trump excepted from the travel ban?

      Not to mention on the day after 9/11 when all private air traffic in the USA was grounded, the people that the Bush’s arranged to have flown out of the country?

      Those Saudi’s?

  • KaiserVonScheiss

    UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has already issued a statement condemning what’s happening in Chechnya.

    • NateOcean

      “What the hell do we want?”

      For starters, for Trump to stop rimming Putin’s hole.

    • startenout

      She’s not talking about the UN, she’s talking about the US!

  • natekerchel

    Well maybe that is good enough for the ‘classical liberal’ Kaiser, but it is not good enough for the rest of us – and it is certainly not anywhere near enough for those who have already been arrested, tortured or murdered. Quite often you hear the trump apologists on here complain that we have lost the ‘gay ‘ focus to trump bashing. Well here is something that combines the two. I would be willing to bet trump would be apoplectic and foaming at the mouth by now if those gay and bisexual men were right wing christians. It is his duty to speak out on these issues – regardless of whether or not Americans are involved. As Hilary said very well – we are talking about human rights and human lives. I also agree with her on the issue of never giving up the fight against the current ‘administration’ – they should be challenged every minute of every hour of every day on every issue – especially issues which affect human and civil rights.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      What the hell do you define as “good enough”? Do you want to bomb them and start a war with Russia? What is your plan here? What, other and condemnation, is the Trump administration supposed to do?

    • Juanjo

      Well Kaiser Von Trollboy, I suggest you tell us specifically what the Trump people are doing? Don’t forget to provide actual, verifiable proof of your claims. The we can discuss whether we think it is sufficient under the circumstances. Because right now there is nothing to indicate Trump is doing anything at all.

      Do you ever post anything other that drivel?

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.

      “We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.

      Tomorrow, the United States will lead a first-ever meeting on human rights in international conflicts in the UN Security Council to underscore our commitment to addressing human rights abuses wherever they threaten international peace and security.”

      https://usun.state.gov/remarks/7770

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I’m respecting Jason Chaffetz, for leaving Trump. His worm-dom lessened by three or four segments, still, a way to go. More Republicans need to leave Trump. We only have one reputation. Why fall on the sword from such a chump.

    Gay rights are human rights. Any LGBT that discounts this is a troll.

    Elijah Cummings was on Morning Joe. I liked how he prefers to look at himself and to improvements needed, rather than blaming others for 2016. The congressman’s optimistic about the unwavering energy building up in the Democratic party. He stressed reaching across the aisle to get things done. I felt that when he was saying this, he was speaking to now, but also to future Dems. It seemed from a power perspective, as in after 2018, when the Republicans fall. “We have to be open to the ‘Big Tent’ concept. It is very, very important. And we have to have a strong message, and we need to repeat that message over and over. It needs to be short and succinct.” He went on to talk about how the GOP stays on message.

    He’s on to it. Middle of the road. Common sense fiscal responsibility meshed with support for the working class. I wonder, does the GOP want the nation’s citizens weakened financially? Manipulating a vulnerable population is easier. Goldman Sacksters are stacking the deck, though the billionaires may have underestimated the people. In the future, when all is known, this Trump era may be considered this generation’s ‘Cuban Missile Crisis.’ Subpar living standards are the norm. A financially strapped middle class is quieter, less confident. Had a promising future prevailed, we may have taken Goldman Sacksters to task sooner.
    Foretelling, that awkward eagle on youtube, flapping its wings at Trump’s hair. The resistance has been so steady and growing. It’s exciting to see energized people, sufficiently scared people, mobilizing. We are a nation of problem solvers. We will solve this. All are touched by our immigrant amalgamation, immersed in each other. Our parents and grandparents have passed down intuition and drive, upshots of survival mode. This country’s citizens are privy to many points of views and cultures, making us better problem solvers. People come here to succeed and prosper, bringing the best that their culture has to bear; fusion exponentially propelled, endless repurposing, driven by the desire to thrive. Assimilation happens. Freedom is a concept that Russian leaders cannot understand, or it scares them. A homogenized country with only 2.1 percent of the world’s wealth and a dictatorship under scrutiny from their own, must see the handwriting on the wall. Putin will escalate now. Hello, Petra.

  • ErikO

    LOL that’s nice Hillary, everyone knows you are a liar and fraud, and you do not really support gay/LBGT rights at all but love to claim that you do, especially when you argued for and helped your “husband” create DOMA and said that “Marriage is between a woman and a man” and you get millions of dollars given to you from countries where bisexual and gay men and women are imprisoned, tortured, murdered, and killed in honor killings.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      The Mel-meter is going off. Hurry, get the Ovilus, capture an E.V.P. the temperature just dropped again on Queerty. Does anyone have scratch marks?

    • Juanjo

      I am always amused by trolls who harp on about DOMA, chastising the Clintons. Let’s take a little walk down the path of history. Back when I did my government service [not to mention all my cousins], on the induction paperwork there was a section on medical history which asked about “homosexual” tendencies. If you checked yes, then you might receive the washout and the code would indicate it was for a medical reason – mental instability. I no longer remember the specific language nor the specific number code. It was not unusual [at least during the Vietnam War era] that you were asked to provide proof that you engaged in homosexual acts, typically a letter from a boyfriend or by essentially writing out a confession which specifically stated events including dates, locations, names and a description of the acts engaged. {essentially a porn story].

      If you made it into the service, you could be discharged for engaging in a homosexual act or even for being suspected of being a homosexual. You received a dishonorable discharge or a less than honorable discharge for reasons of being a sexual psychopath.

      In either case when you went to apply for a job you were asked for your draft status by all employers. If you had served, they asked to see your DD-214 or other proof of completion of service. Otherwise you had a draft card with a status code on it. Either set of papers would show that you were not in the military because you were gay and you were not going to get a job.

      When Clinton came in he tried to change the policy and the military chiefs and politicians all went berserk. Both Republicans and Democrats. The move in Congress was to pass a law enshrining the old policy which had not been the policy previously. It had been a military regulation. Clinton fought that but did not have the support for a compete rescinding of the old policy. Nunn is the one who proposed DADT and led the push in Congress to get politicians on both sides of the aisle on with it. DADT allowed gay people to serve but essentially made it illegal for them to engage in sexual activity while in the military. It was absurd but it was better than the previous policy. The government could not ask and you could not tell. Clinton fought hard to get a complete lifting of the ban but then it came down to it, there were two options, he could go with DADT or have the existing policy turned into law which would be even harder to overturn in the future. He signed DADT.

      As I was told years ago in Hebrew School by Rabbi Konheim, “text without context is pretext”. Much later i discovered this is a manner of describing a common logical fallacy commonly used in religious and political debate in which an objective bit of data is subjectively recast in a manner different form its original context. That is exactly what you have done here.

      The same is true with the statement about the Clintons “Marriage is between a woman and a man” . Did one or both of them say that or something similar in the past three decades? Yes. Have many others? Yes. Did the Clintons and others change their opinion? Yes. Is the Republican Party still trying to overturn Obergerfell? Yes. Are the Democrats? No, they support civil rights for gay folks.

      Your screaming about the Clinton Foundation accepting donations is absurd. The fact they take money from scum and use it to good things in the world is the best revenge on scum. The fact that money from homophobes goes into programs decided to educate people about HIV and fund methods of preventing the spread of HIV and the treatment of those who have HIV/AIDS is a great thing.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Jaunjo, I didn’t have the energy to go into to detail. Thank you for the beautifully written, succinct comment, though the troll will be saying the same thing next week.

  • mhoffman953

    Hillary Clinton was at this event to accept a “trailblazer” award from the LGBTQ community HAHA. I wonder how much they paid her to show up to this event, she obviously didn’t attend for free

  • nunya

    This vile old washed up has been needs to slink off to the obscurity assigned to her by failed attempts at the White House. She has no right lecturing anyone on gay rights.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      “The Hawk” right? What do you think of Trump?

    • natekerchel

      She still got more votes than trump. Millions more.

  • Dubyel

    So the real story here is that HRC gave a speech on Thursday night sanctimoniously demanding that the Trump administration do exactly what they had already done on Monday.
    “Statement from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Reports of Detentions and Killings in Chechnya
    New York City
    April 17, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.
    We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.
    Tomorrow, the United States will lead a first-ever meeting on human rights in international conflicts in the UN Security Council to underscore our commitment to addressing human rights abuses wherever they threaten international peace and security.”
    Numerous sites including HuffPo reported days ago on Haley’s statement and the praise it received from LGBT rights advocates, but I can’t find any coverage of it on Queerty. Why is that, I wonder?

    • mhoffman953

      Shhhh! It doesn’t fit their narrative

  • lazlicious

    This winch opposed gay rights until the very last second it was politically expedient to do so and still be a viable Democratic politician. Will someone please yank her and her entitled twat of a daughter off the political stage so some really courageous politicians can have a chance?!

  • JessPH

    The Best President America Never Had.

    She got 3 million more votes than Unhinged-in-Chief Trump but he becomes the president. Talk about a Rigged System.

  • Stilinski26

    “Gay rights are human rights” but still accepts millions of donations from Saudis and Qatar . hypocrite

  • Richard 55

    What would a woman like Hillary Clinton understand about male homosexual rights? Go and exploit some other group you silly woman.

    Oh, and don’t forget the damage your cheating husband did to homosexuals.

  • o.codone

    Instead of calling out muslims she calls out Trump. Because she IS that stupid. Go away, just go away.

  • Aromaeus

    She’s literally been AWOL since losing to the most unpopular presidential candidate they day of the election to state the obvious? Go back to talking to your donors and wall street bankers Hill. You don’t care about gay people, you never have.

  • Billysees

    Hillary Clinton is one of the greatest friends LGBT folks could ever want.

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