LGBTQ Advocates Respond to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech
Washington, DC, July 29, 2016 — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton formally accepted her party’s nomination during a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night. In response, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund Deputy Executive Director Russell Roybal released the following statement:
“Hillary Clinton delivered a historic speech as the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party. Her plan addresses many of the issues that the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has been fighting for: the need to advance full freedom, justice and equality for all LGBTQ people and everyone; a nation free from gun violence without stigmatizing mental illness; immigration reform that is fair and comprehensive and does not demonize and dehumanize entire communities; a nation that has freedom of religion (that means all faiths including Islam) and freedom from religion being manipulated to legalize discrimination; policies to help people move out of poverty and to economic security and prosperity; the protection of reproductive rights; more free and affordable college education; more access to the promise of America; and the reality check that no one person can do anything on their own.
“While the speech was comprehensive, it would have been good to hear more detail about her criminal justice reform policies – including reform of policing, from a system steeped in racism which makes Black people’s lives disposable to one truly accountable to the people and based on the principle that Black lives really do matter.”
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