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Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden focus on transgender rights in speeches

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday, at an event for the Human Rights Campaign — an influential gay rights organization — both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden gave forceful speeches in support of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Hillary Clinton addressed the group in the morning and focused on policies she would enact as president, promising she would make LGBT issues central to her presidency.  She specifically emphasized transgender rights, saying: “Transgender people are valued, they are loved, they are us.” She said she wanted to do more to prevent violence against transgender people, and supported their right to serve in the military. Joe Biden, who has yet to decide whether he will run for president but has been a strong presence in the Democratic race, spoke several hours later, and echoed many of the same points. “Love is not a political matter; it’s a basic human right,” he told members of the Human Rights Campaign. “The fact that we recognize that, it’s because of you.” He called transgender rights the “civil rights issue of our time” and also spoke of his support for their military service.

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