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Clinton v. Trump: Discrimination

This election year, everything we’ve fought for is on the line. We have seen so much progress for the LGBTQ community under the leadership of President Barack Obama, and it all could be reversed by a Donald Trump presidency. Trump has attacked, belittled and maligned anyone and everyone he considers different.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has made LGBTQ equality a cornerstone of her campaign, proving herself a champion for LGBTQ rights both at home and abroad. From military inclusion, to advocating for inclusive non-discrimination policies, to supporting transgender youth, to combating violence, it is clear that Hillary Clinton stands on the right side of history with HRC.

Here’s where the candidates stand on discrimination:

Donald Trump has committed to signing the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” a bill to enable taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBTQ people in the federal government. Trump said at the Iowa Faith and Family Coalition, his priority as President would be to “preserve and protect our religious liberty.”

Additionally, his running mate, Governor Mike Pence, voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and Pence’s “right to discriminate” bill could have allowed businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBTQ people because of who they are or whom they love.

Trump also supports anti-LGBTQ governors like North Carolina’s Pat McCrory and Indiana’s Mike Pence, both of whom wrote discrimination into state law.

In the U.S. Senate, Clinton was a strong supporter of LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation, including being an original cosponsor of ENDA.  Now she has called it her “highest priority” to pass and sign into law the Equality Act — landmark legislation that would establish full federal equality for LGBTQ Americans. This groundbreaking, comprehensive bill would establish explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places. Clinton has vowed to fight with HRC for full LGBTQ equality. 

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