Hillary Clinton addressed the Human Rights Campaign at a daytime event this afternoon, promising to fight for LGBT equality.
The Democratic presidential candidate will allegedly be appearing on Saturday Night Live tonight instead of attending the HRC gala in Washington D.C., which has Vice President Joe Biden giving the keynote address.
Instead, Clinton spoke at today’s event, warning that the rights the LGBT community has fought so hard for could still be taken away by conservatives.
“There are still public officials doing everything in their power to interfere with your rights,” Clinton said.
She also referred to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in part of her speech:
“We assure [gay youth] it gets better, but it can still be really hard to believe that, especially when you turn on the TV and you see a Republican candidate for president literally standing in the courthouse door in Kentucky calling for people to join him in resisting a Supreme Court ruling, celebrating a Kentucky clerk who’s breaking the law by denying other Americans their Constitutional rights.”
Clinton also focused beyond the U.S., touching on the abuse felt by the LGBT community all over the world.
“Hundreds of millions of people live in places where they would be arrested, even executed, for being gay,” she said. “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights. I believe with all my heart the United States does have to stand up for human rights everywhere.”
The presidential hopeful went on to say that Congress needs to pass the Equality Act, which would forbid anti-LGBT discrimination across the nation.
“It’s a great noble piece of legislation,” she said. “As president, I will fight for it and I hope many of you will be with me when I sign it.”
Watch the speech below.