Much of the recent gay-related news from the presidential campaign has come from the John Edwards camp, whose strong LGBT positions have gained him traction within the community. Now, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination—according to the latest New Hampshire polls—raises the bar. Sen. Hillary Clinton announced a new steering committee comprised of prominent gays and lesbians to reach out to the community.
"LGBT Americans for Hillary" is a described as "a national steering committee of over 65 leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community" whose membership includes "LGBT elected officials, activists from national LGBT and Democratic Party political groups as well as leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment and sports." One of the most prominent names is New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
"I've seen how Hillary Clinton's experience, commitment, and leadership have made a difference for the LGBT community. From her efforts to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment to standing up for our rights in employment practices, there is no one else in this race who will fight harder for the LGBT community. She's ready to be our next president and I look forward to organizing the LGBT community on her behalf."
The steering committee also includes sports great Billie Jean King, recording industry lobbyist Hilary Rosen, former Clinton Administration cabinet official Fred Hochberg and many of the other prominent LGBT supporters previously mentioned on Rod 2.0. Full list here.
Just as an FYI, the Clinton campaign also recognized the 38th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and issued the press release on the front page of the campaign website. That front-page treatment is a contrast to previous announcements regarding LGBT positions. We're moving on up in visibility ...
Some Background ...
Clinton Names Prominent Gay Supporters [R20]
Clinton, Edwards Oppose Surgeon General Nominee [R20]
Clinton Camp Targets Gay and Lesbian Donors [R20]
Obama Campaign Names Gay Supporters [R20]
Behind the Gay-Friendly Faces [Advocate]
The Advocate: Clinton vs Obama [R20]
Memo to Mr. Geffen: Get Over It [R20]
Hillary Big Brother "Ad" [R20]
Obama Strategist Behind Hillary Big Brother Ad [R20]