Wikileaked email shows Hillary cared about LGBT rights early on at State

You might have heard that Wikileaks just released 100 or so emails belonging to Hillary Clinton.

One email in particular caught my eye because it’s about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) stuff.

And what did we learn from this latest LGBT bombshell?

That Hillary Clinton cares about our community even when nobody is looking.

It was July of 2009, and Hillary’s chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, emailed Hillary a BBC story about how gays in Iraq were faring even worse than they did under Saddam Hussein. Mills sent the story from her State Department email account, and to Clinton’s personal email.

Hillary then responded to Mills:

So sad and terrible. We should ask Chris Hill to raise this w govt. If we ever get Posner confirmed we should emphasize LGBT human rights.

Chris Hill was the US ambassador to Iraq, at the time. Hillary was suggesting that Hill raise the issue with the Iraqi government. And Posner is Michael Posner, Obama’s then-nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Posner was ultimately confirmed by the Senate.

This is really a key email, because it shows, early on, Hillary Clinton’s desire to use the State Department to push for LGBT rights internationally. Hillary did in fact “emphasize LGBT human rights” while serving as Secretary of State, in a big way. Among other things, she gave a famous and important speech to the United Nations devoted entirely to LGBT rights.

Also of note, and less known, Hillary was a trans rights pioneer while at State. It was 2011 when Secretary Clinton quietly made it possible for people who are transgender to put their accurate gender on their US passport. As the Daily Beast story I link to show, this was no small deal. Yet, most of us hadn’t even heard about this, because Hillary did it to help, not to make a show of it.

(As Secretary of State, Hillary did much more on LGBT rights than that. You can read the rest here.)

So when I read this leaked email, presumably intended to hurt Hillary, I see a woman who decided early on to make a difference on our issues. And that’s what a fierce advocate looks like.

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  • Annski1

    Except of course for Honduran LGBT community who were being slaughtered by a coup she enabled as Secretary of State. When in 2009 she refused to call this coup a coup in order to continue millions of dollars going to the military and murderous security services.

  • cleos_mom

    I don’t think you’re supposed to mention that.

  • 2karmanot

    Apparently UTube has scrubbed the interview with Maddow where Hills defends DADT as the best possible compromise at the time. Hills is so our best advocate….choke, choke

  • Washington One

    There was an attack in Libya by Terrorist and 4 Americans died.

    There was an attack on American Soil and 3000 died.

    Did we go into George Bush and #$%$ Cheney’s emails especially the one’s drumming up a fake war in Iraq as Bin Laden and Al Queda lived safely in Afghanistan?

    How much tax payers money will tell us what we already know???

    Don’t we have more important things to worry about? Almost a majority of us are on public welfare programs like food stamps, section 8 housing, and SSI, because of low wages. Health insurance is unaffordable (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month auto insurance from InsurancePanda… or my $11/month life insurance). Two thirds of young adults have student loans to which they cannot pay back due to lack of good jobs in the community.

    Effin GOP…they will use tax payers money for their wasted losing election but God forbid we tax the Rich or a Corporation.

  • You mean like Colin Powell, who also used private e-mail during his tenure as Secretary of State?

  • Phil in FLL

    My reply was not an attempt to smear you, and I have no desire to. I agree with you that Clinton has obvious flaws regarding transparency with the press and with the public. If you read my reply, you can see that I am only pointing out that Trump has actually been indicted for his fraudulent schemes, which puts him in a different league. Yes, I have heard the avalanche of RNC/Trump talking points about Comey’s criticisms of Clinton because they have been on the news 24/7 now. I am only stating the fact that we are and will be deluged with Trump’s blah blah blah until election day. On the one hand, I understand that you don’t agree with the Trumpists. On the other hand, I don’t think that stating the obvious distinction between Hillary’s emails and Trump University makes me a Clintonista

  • Griff

    Hell, if the Westboro church or NOM gave me money and I could turn it into something good for the community, I’d take it.

  • Badgerite

    What for. What I said was actually, yes, there would be the possibility of an administrative reprimand but this practice of using a private email server is hardly unique to Hilary Clinton and in the history of such practice there has been exactly one administrative or security sanction ever issued and it was an administrative reprimand. Which would pretty much be, legally speaking, a nothingburger with fries.
    At least two other Secretaries of State have used private email servers, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and have received no reprimands or consequences of any kind. Certainly no pressure from any Congressional committee or anyone else to pursue criminal charges. I don’t quibble with your quote except that it leaves out rather pertinent perspective as to how such actions at the highest level have been treated in the past. And they have occurred in the recent past.
    No charges. No reprimands. Not even any investigations. Already, Hilary Clinton has endured more than any other Secretary of State who has used a private email server and that would be about three of the last four. The only recent Secretary of State who hasn’t is John Kerry.
    That is the actual record.

  • Badgerite

    No I didn’t. That was the “good for you” part.

  • hiker_sf

    If you don’t like the quote, talk to the FBI. Or are they part of this smear foray?

  • hiker_sf

    Yep, she has been treated horribly by the Republican smear machine for decades. But that doesn’t give her a pass on other stuff.

    And did you miss the part of my post where I say that I’m voting for her?

  • Badgerite

    Well, good for you. And here is a question. Name me anyone on the planet who does not have “many serious flaws”. On the planet,…..let alone in American politics. What I see is a woman who has withstood all of the harassment and smear that the opposition could throw at her and hasn’t lost her will to fight for what she believes to be right and in the best interests of the country. And that is more than enough for me. Especially when you factor in who she is running against and the harm he has done to the country abroad just by shooting off his stupid, racist, authoritarian admiring, water boarding loving, NATO hating, US debt defaulting ,,,,Orange Mouth.

  • Badgerite

    There has been exactly one person ever subjected to security or administrative sanctions. One. And he received an administrative reprimand from the State Department. Not an entire Congressional committee going on their usual fishing and smearing foray.
    As he said, no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges on the basis of this evidence.
    And that was actually the crucial part. Or did you miss that? In other words,,,,,,,,nothingburger with fries.

  • hiker_sf

    Please. It is a quote from the press conference. I haven’t seen any of the RNC talking points or from the Trump campaign.

    That Trump is a despicable racist, sexist crook doesn’t change what Comey said about Clinton nor this activity. Your attempt to smear me because I can be objective is typical of Clintonistas.

    I’m voting for Clinton because she is way better than Trump. But I am fully aware of her many serious flaws.

  • Phil in FLL

    Your quote from James Comey’s press conference are talking points from the RNC and the Trump campaign. Any comment on the New York State Attorney General’s criminal investigation into Trump’s fraudulent Trump University scheme? You can comment on that anyone now. The NY State Attorney General has called Trump U “fraud from beginning to end”.

  • Phil in FLL

    The email referenced in the post was July, 2009, when “no one was looking.” Clinton followed that with a speech at the United Nations in Geneva, in December, 2011, when the entire world was looking. In that UN speech, which centered around gay rights, she stated that “gay rig hts are human rights.”

    Now, to your comment. You claim that “we” found out that Clinton found it “politically expedient to pretend that she didn’t” care about gay rights or LGBT rights. Can you be more specific regarding the period of her tenure as Secretary of State until the present? Or are you just fabricating your claim. Something specific, please, from 2009 to the present. The decade from 1995-2005, when no national American politicians were in favor of marriage equality does not answer my question. The entire country was against marriage equality during the 1995-2005 period.

  • hiker_sf

    Didn’t you see where she sent all that money back to Saudi Arabia because of their anti-gay policies? Oh that’s right, she kept the over $10 million that they’ve given to her since 1999.

  • Russell Norris

    what did we learn? that she “cared” for us but found it politically expedient to pretend she didn’t. that’s what we found. i don’t understand the gay media’s endless suck-uppery to mrs. clinton.

  • hiker_sf

    Well, as long as she wasn’t cool with gays getting killed, we should give her a pass on everything.

    I dream of a day when LGBT rights are no longer in question so maybe we can have some objectivity regarding candidates and corporations. Because what we have is blindness caused by the rainbow flag.

    To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

    https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b.-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clintons-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

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