One whole post ago, we mentioned that we attended the Politics Panel at the Equality Forum in Philadelphia. One of the panelists was Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, and we took our picture with him! Another panelist, Mira Patel, who was a special advisor on the policy planning staff at Hillghazi McEmails’s State Department, let the audience in on a little tidbit of information, which isn’t actually 100% breaking news, but it’s not widely known.
Did you know that when Hillary Clinton spoke in 2011 at the UN in Geneva and famously declared that “gay rights are human rights,” that part wasn’t even in her originally prepared speech? In fact, Hillz was ad libbing like a common Donald Trump, except for instead of catapulting mouth poops about banning all the Muslims like Trump does, she said a REALLY GOOD THING. Patel said at the Equality Forum panel that Hillary had gone “off script,” and then added that it wasn’t something one of her speechwriters would have written for her to say.
As we alluded to above, though, this isn’t the first time Patel has talked about this, having written about it in December 2015 for The Advocate:
What many people do not know is that Secretary Clinton had said that famous phrase before. A year and a half prior to Geneva, U.S. diplomats gathered for the State Department Pride celebration in a stuffy, windowless auditorium. At this small and unglamorous event, the secretary ran through most of her prepared speech, but then paused and looked up, catching the crowd by surprise. Going off script, she emphatically stated:
“These dangers are not ‘gay’ issues. This is a human rights issue. Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, well, let me say today that, Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.”
Prior to that moment, those words were not in any U.S. government policy papers or mentioned in a speech. They came directly from Hillary Clinton, whose leadership and commitment to championing equality was crystal clear. The echoes of this declaration became public December 6, 2011.
You should read that piece, all of it, if you would like to learn about how Hillary made LGBT issues front and center from the very beginning of her time at State.
Even if this is not breaking news — we didn’t know it, and neither did moderator Richard Socarides who is some kind of IMPORTANT INSIDER AND STUFF — it’s pertinent to point it out right now during the DNC, because there are still people out there who are like “OMG Hillary only does nice things for the gays for political reasons when people force her to, BERRRRRRN HER!”
The truth is that Hillary Clinton gives a solid metric ton of fucks about these issues (and many more!) and always has.