This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In some ways, we as a country have made great strides in providing equal rights to LGBTQ+ individuals, highlighted by the decision in Obergefell in 2015. That Supreme Court decision had a tangible, positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans who were looking to receive equal recognition from their government for their families.

However, we can do a lot better at implementing policies that would make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ Americans. This is one of the reasons I think the Freedom Dividend of $1,000 a month is the best policy for advancing our country.

A recent survey of LGBTQ+ individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 found that 1 out of 10 had experienced homelessness within the previous 12 months. This is driven in large part by losing support from their families simply for being who they are. The Freedom Dividend would provide these individuals with resources in order to start building their lives by moving to a new area or finding housing.

Additionally, passing a Medicare for All law with strong protections and coverage for all Americans would be especially beneficial to the LGBTQ+ community. This group often faces issues getting health insurance, or receiving treatment without facing discrimination. This is especially true for mental health issues, which are faced at triple the rate seen in the rest of the population. Under my presidency, everyone would have access to quality care that would address all issues without judgment or discrimination.

Everyone would also be free to serve in the military during my administration. Many generals and admirals agree that the current administration’s ban on transgender military service harms combat effectiveness and compromises the military’s values. I would be honored and humbled to serve as Commander in Chief to any patriot who is willing to sacrifice everything in order to protect our country.

Every American should be free to live the life that they want to live, without fear of homelessness, or being denied quality medical care, or being denied the honor of serving in our military. We can do better for LGBTQ+ Americans and all Americans.

We are all human, love is love, and people are people.

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