Hillary Clinton Chooses LGBT Rights Honor Over “Hello Dolly!”

We're sure Bette will understand.

Hillary Clinton was in Manhattan on Thursday night to receive the Trailblazing Award from the New York LGBT Center. But in her speech, she revealed the chose the event over opening-night tickets to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, recipient of the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service, and Bette Midler attend God's Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards Celebration at Spring Studios on October 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
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“I really struggled,” Clinton revealed, but said “being with all of you is a little bit like being at a very stylish family reunion.”

Clinton delivered a heartfelt address about the work the center does and the need to fight to maintain the progress our community has made. “That the progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines of, and that we’ve celebrated and maybe even taken for granted, may not be as secure as we once expected.”

She also referenced the plight of homosexuals in Chechnya.

“When government authorities were confronted with these reports their response was chilling. They said you cannot arrest or repress people who do not exist. The United States government, yes, this government, should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people across the world.” But, Clinton admitted, “I think we have to face the fact that we might not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues.”

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes the stage before speaking at the annual LGBT Center dinner, April 20, 2017 in New York City. Clinton was awarded the Trailblazer Award from the LGBT Center. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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She called on the community “to resist, insist, persist, and enlist and make sure our voices and our goals are heard.”

In a lighter moment, she also thanked fellow honoree Marc Jacobs for once putting her face on a shirt.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Anna Wintour attends Hillary Victory Fund - Stronger Together concert at St. James Theatre on October 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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“I was flattered. But, of course, you know I’m the fashion icon of all time.” And we have the pantsuits to prove it, Madam Secretary.

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The event, which also saw Edie Windsor, Huma Abedin, Jeffrey Adler, Simon Doonan, Lana Wachowski and Arianna Huffington in attendance, raised more than $1.75 million for the center.

h/t: Page Six

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:   (L-R) Guest, Marc Jacobs, Lana Wachowski and Karin Winslow arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  James Burr, Glennda Testone and Jason Haas arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Winnie Harlow arrives for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Glennda Testone, Isabella Huffington and Arianna Huffington arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Keith Enderson, Timothy Chow, Glennda Testone and William Derrough arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  James Burr and Jason Haas arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Claire Shanley, Heather Halliday, Neil Rhodes and Brian Ofutt arrive for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Stacy London arrives for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Geena Rocero arrives for The Center Dinner 2017 to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marc Jacobs at Cipriani Wall Street on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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