Ready for Hillary, an independent Political Action Committee urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, held an LGBT rally and fundraiser at a gay nightclub, Town Danceboutique, in D.C. on January 15.
With tickets priced at $20.16 (to represent the 2016 elections) over 300 people attended the event.
Lesbian couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who served as plaintiffs in the fight to overturn Proposition 8, and “Queer as Folk” star Michelle Clunie participated as guest speakers at the event.
Clunie, who travelled across the country from her home in Berkeley, California to make it to D.C., said, “I really like Hillary,” in an interview with the Washington Blade. “I met her. I trust her. I believe in her. She’s always the smartest person in the room. I think she’s overqualified for the job and I think she’ll make one of the best presidents ever.”
The rally was organized by D.C. gay Democratic activists Lane Hudson and Peter Rosenstein.
According to Ready for Hillary’s LGBT Americans Director, Lisa Changadveja, over 1.5 million Americans have signed up in support of the Political Action Committee (PAC). Under federal campaign finance rules, they are prohibited from interacting directly with Clinton.
Changadveja also announced that Clinton already has the support of 35,000 people who have donated up to $100 to the fund. If Clinton does run in the next election, the lump sum of PAC donations will be hers to use in her campaigning.
“I’ve met the Secretary a few times and I’ve been incredibly impressed by her commitment to children, families, LGBT people and equal rights in general,” said Perry, who married Steir soon after Prop 8 was overturned. “She was amazing as Secretary of State and her leadership at the United Nations and elsewhere. I think she’s done an awful lot to prove to the community that she’s a good candidate.”
“I never expected to see this many people here to encourage Hillary to run,” said the chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Americans Caucus, Earl Fowlkes. “And this goes to show you the kind of depth she has in the LGBT community for this many people to come out on a Wednesday night and basically give her the message that we want you to run. We’re ready for her.”
Gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green also conveyed his support for Clinton, saying, “I prefer Democrats with a backbone.”
He added, “And she has continuously proved that she is not afraid to stand up to these Republicans and let them know that there are people in this country that we really need to look out for and she is the right person to do that.”