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Clinton Says Trump Won't Protect LGBT Rights

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

At a fundraising dinner the LGBT community organization The Center, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said LGBT rights are not secure under President Donald Trump.

"We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," she said at the New York event on April 20, according to CBS News.

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Clinton attended the fundraising dinner to accept the organization's Trailblazer award. She thanked the crowd for their support during the 2016 presidential election and encouraged them to stay politically active and fight against the Trump administration.

"The progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines for ... may not be as secure as we once expected," she said, CNN reports.

Clinton cited Trump's decision to restrict transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice and to cut funding for HIV and AIDS research.

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"When this administration rescinded protections for transgender students, my heart broke," Clinton said. "When I learned about the proposed cuts in funding for HIV and AIDS research, I thought about all of our efforts to try and achieve an AIDS-free generation."

The former Democratic nominee also called on the government to take a hard stance against Russia for the persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya.

"We’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed," she said. "The United States government -- yes, this government -- should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people."

She ended her speech with a call to action, telling the crowd to begin organizing for the 2018 midterm elections.

"Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going," she said.

"Let’s remember, 2018, the midterm elections ... We can never stop fighting."

This was one of the few speeches she has given since her loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Shortly after Trump's victory, Clinton stepped out of the limelight and took a hiatus from politics.

At a March 18 speech to an Irish women's group, Clinton said that she's ready to begin working toward uniting the country.

"I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going," she said, according to CBS News.

Sources: CBS News (2), CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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