Even though Donald Trump claims he is a much better friend of the LGBT community, it was Hillary Clinton that escaped her minders and marched in the New York Pride Parade on the weekend.
The presumed Democratic nominee made a surprise appearance at New York City’s annual Pride Parade, hopping out of her “Scooby” van near the iconic Stonewall Inn and walking the final four blocks of the parade along Christopher Street with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Rev. Al Sharpton by her side.
Dressed in a teal-colored pantsuit, Clinton shook hands with onlookers shocked to see her in their midst, and cheering, “Hillary! Hillary!”
Last year Clinton skipped the parade but was represented instead by her daughter Chelsea. The last time she marched was in 2006 during her senate election campaign.
Though Clinton once opposed same-sex marriage, she announced her support in 2013.
Since last year, more LGBT organizations, like the Human Rights Campaign, have endorsed Clinton’s campaign, and she has spoken out about gay rights in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.
“An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans,” Clinton said after the June 12 shooting, in which 49 were killed at Pulse, a popular Orlando club.
To the LGBT community grieving in Florida, she said, “you have millions of allies who will always have your back. And I am one of them.”
The tragedy cast a pall over Sunday’s parade, which began with a moment of silence for the 49 victims. Spectators and participants held up orange “We Are Orlando” signs.
Last Updated on Jun 27, 2016