By Anna Peirano
This is Hillary Clinton’s last week as Secretary of State. She’s chosen to retire from her role and not seek a second term in office. She will be succeeded by Democrat, John Kerry.
During her time as an integral member of President Obama’s administration, Clinton made a tremendous effort to be inclusive of the LGBT community in her policies and to promote equal rights around the globe. No one can deny that she has been a staunch and steadfast ally of gays, lesbians, and transgender people the world over.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president, Chad Griffin, wrote a letter to Clinton thanking her for everything she’s done for the community while in office. You can sign the letter, to be sent on Tuesday, January 29th, here.
The letter reads –
On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign and our more than 1.5 million members and supporters, I am writing to say thank you.
Thank you for setting a precedent for fair-minded diplomacy for generations to come.
Thank you for extending employment benefits to the same-sex partners and spouses of State Department employees, Foreign Service officers, and so many others.
Thank you for championing policies to bar employment discrimination against gay and lesbian employees and making it clear that the Department of State does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Thank you for making it easier for transgender Americans to change the gender listed on their passports.
Thank you for working to pass the first ever United Nation’s resolution affirming the human rights of LGBT people.
Thank you for your inspiring Pride Month statements and celebrations, and for reminding young LGBT people around the world that “it gets better.”
Thank you for leading the charge to provide foreign aid to promote LGBT rights by establishing the Global Equality Fund, which creates a foundation for long-term global work to advance justice for LGBT people and support LGBT equality advocates.
And thank you for your simple and incredibly powerful statement – one that is changing the international landscape for LGBT people everywhere: “Human rights are gay rights, and gay rights are human rights.”
I’ve been proud to have you represent our nation, and I wish you nothing but the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Clinton has said she does not plan to run for president in 2016, and that she’s looking forward to being off the “high wire of national and international politics and leadership” and having her own time back, according to an interview with Marie Claire.
But, who knows? After all, a great deal can change in politics in just four years.