Hillary's 'Nephew': The Love Story At The Heart Of Her Evolution On LGBT Rights (VIDEO)

Hillary’s ‘Nephew’: The Love Story At The Heart Of Her Evolution On LGBT Rights (VIDEO)

On LGBT Issues, Hillary Clinton Has Evolved To Become A Dedicated Ally

Hillary Clinton has not always come across as the best ally to the LGBT community. Her opposition to same-sex marriage has only changed until quite recently, unfortunately, as The Atlantic reports. Her husband Bill brought the Defense of Marriage Act into being, protecting “traditional” marriage and allowing states to continue discriminating against same-sex couples to marry if they wish. The Clintons have, at times, seemed like enemies to the LGBT community as opposed to allies.

But, it is a more personal tale that paints a far more loving and accepting Hillary Clinton than she may be given credit for.

As Pink News reports, the gay son of one of Hillary’s childhood friends, Colin Ebeling, has painted a picture of a loving, caring, open and supportive Clinton. If Hillary is anti-gay, he sure didn’t experience it according to a post he made on Facebook where he came out swinging for Hillary.

“Throughout my life, I have only known her as my mom’s most supportive and loving friend. Hillary took me on my first roller coaster ride when I was 12 years old. She spoke at my high school commencement ceremony and took photos with every single one of my classmates. The woman who signs her letters as “Aunt Hillary” congratulated me when I came out of the closet, when I got my pilot’s license, when I married my husband and when we adopted our baby girl. She checked in with my family regularly while my mom underwent surgery and treatment for breast cancer.”

What emerges is a portrait of a woman that the public doesn’t seem to see often enough – a dedicated, caring friend and someone who is openly supportive of a same-sex relationship.

Hillary Clinton has changed her position on same-sex marriage from where it once was. She has been accused of doing so merely for political purposes, which is an understandable accusation. She has not been at the forefront of pushing for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights and didn’t change her mind on the marriage issue until late in the game. But, as she says, a politician really needs to be open to changing their mind.

“…[J]ust because you’re a politician doesn’t mean you’re not a thinking human being. You gather information. You think through positions. You’re not 100 percent set, thank goodness. You’re constantly reevaluating where you stand, that was true for me…”

And, that change has been a positive one, fostered under President Obama’s administration.

As Think Progress reports, in 2011 while Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton gave a powerful speech to a UN meeting in Geneva promoting LGBT rights across the world. She openly admitted that the US has not always been on the cutting edge of LGBT rights, but it has been in the process of change and hopes the rest of the world will follow suit.

“…[I]n the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.

This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

Hillary may not have started out as what one would call an ally of the LGBT community. But she has evolved to become a presidential candidate that is now dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and dignity of LGBT Americans.

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.