Hillary Clinton attends 'Community for Unity' rally in Wilton Manors

Rally intended to encourage people to vote, ensure rights for LGBT community

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – A day after speaking at a Jennifer Lopez concert in Miami, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attended a Community for Unity rally in Wilton Manors.

The event Sunday afternoon was organized by the Hotspots Media Group with partners HRC, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the city of Wilton Manors. 

The rally's purpose was to encourage people to vote in the Nov. 8 election and to make sure that the LGBT community's rights are protected.

"If you are an LGBT American, or if you support the struggle for equal rights by LGBT Americans, please make a statement by attending this rally," Peter Clark, publisher at Hotspots Media Group, said in a statement ahead of the event.

Clinton spoke at the rally, telling scores of people who had showed up to see her that she will fight for their rights, and said that Trump would only stop the progress already made in this country for the LGBT community.

"This election will determine whether we continue the progress we've made or let it be ripped away," Clinton said. "We know Trump has promised that he'll appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn marriage equality and that he will repeal President Obama's executive actions to protect LGBT people from discrimination."

Clinton told the crowd that she fight to protect the LGBT community from discrimination, including many young people who often end up on the streets.

"Know we will then be able to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in all aspects of our lives," Clinton said. "We will work together to achieve an AIDS-free generation. We will take on homelessness, bullying and violence, particularly youth homelessness, which disproportionately hurts LGBT kids. And we're going to end the harmful practice of so-called conversion therapy."

Hotspots estimates that more than one million Americans identify as LGBT.

The rally was held at 1 p.m. at The Manor at 2345 Wilton Drive.

Republican opponents to Clinton released statements after the rally, claiming Clinton was not winning over Florida's voters.

"As Hillary Clinton's campaign continues to be dogged by developments into the FBI's investigation of her emails, Clinton continues her Sunshine State tour trying to convince voters that she can be trusted," Republican National Committee spokesman Ninio Fetalvo said. "Unfortunately for her, Florida voters don't trust Hillary Clinton and her last-ditch appeal won't erase the decades of scandal that have plagued her candidacy."

"With her campaign sinking fast in Florida, Hillary Clinton's attempt at damage control is not winning over voters here," Fla. State Sen. Kelli Stargel said in a statement. "Recent revelations of Hillary's pay-to-play corruption scheme at the State Department, where she traded official access for million-dollar gifts to the Clinton Foundation and six-figure speaking fees for her husband are raising new questions in the minds of Floridians, and we just learned that the FBI is reopening its investigation into her possible criminal conduct with her emails. Florida voters know that Donald Trump will fight to change Washington and restore the rule of law in America, and we will vote for him to do just that."

Clinton's supporters at the rally said they aren't too concerned about the latest email saga.

"It's a non-issue to me. They're just trying to fabricate stuff," Armando Pazos said.

"It's in the past. For me, it's something in the past. Let it go," Barbara Foreman said.

People who attended the rally included U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and the president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, as well as other elected officials.


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