Sometimes all people want to do is forget the past but when you’re a presidential hopeful forgetting the past just might not be a luxury you can afford. Hawaii Democrat and presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has recently issued a new apology to the LGBT community where she addressed her anti-LGBT past.
On Thursday the 17th of January 2019 the presidential candidate posted a video on social media platforms in which she issued an apology about her past opposition to equality in marriage. Gabbard assured the rainbow community that she had become a changed person and she is strongly an ally when it comes to the fight for LGBT + rights.
In the apology video, Gabbard said “In my past, I said and believed things that were wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones. Many years ago, I apologised for my words and, more importantly, for the negative impact that they had. I sincerely repeat my apology today. I’m deeply sorry for having said them. My views have changed significantly since then.”
The first time Gabbard announced that she would be running for president in 2020 was last week during an interview with CNN. As usual, CNN was quick to cover her anti-LGBT past talking about her conservative view on gay marriage and how at a point should refer to companies for LGBT rights as homosexual extremists.
Gabbard is an Iraqi war veteran and hawaiian democrats who became the first Samoan-American and also the first Hindu to be elected to Congress in the year 2012 when she was only 31 years old. The first time she apologised for her past anti-LGBT views was when she was running for Congress in 2012 and going for what she attributed her change of perspective to her foreign deployment.
The presidential candidate blamed her anti-LGBT views in the past on her father as she claimed that she from those views by growing up in a socially conservative household but she assured everyone that ever since then she has evolved greatly.
The Samoan-American said: “While many Americans may be able to relate to growing up in a conservative home, my story is a little different because my father was very outspoken. He was an activist who was fighting against gay rights and marriage equality in Hawaii—and at that time, I forcefully defended him and his cause. But over the years as I grew up, I formed my own opinions based on my life experience that significantly changed my views—at a very personal level in truly having aloha, love, for all people, and making sure that every American, regardless of sexual orientation, is treated equally under the law.”
Gabbard added that she hoped others would learn from her story and her background and see reasons why they have to join the fight for LGBT rights and equality instead of fight against the rainbow community.
“When we deny LGBTQ people the basic rights that exist for every American, we deny their humanity—denying that they are equal,”
Adding that “We are also creating a dangerous environment that breeds discrimination and violence. When we divide people based on who they are or who they love, all we are doing is adding fuel the flames that perpetuate bigotry and hatred.”
The Democrat presidential candidates went further to give a vote of thanks to LGBT allies and other people who help her to realise that her position on LGBT rights in the past conflicted with her idea of what quality should be like
Gabbard seems to be standing in the progressive wing of her political party. And in 2016 she renounced her position as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee to express her support for Senator Bernie Sanders in his struggle for the political party’s presidential nomination which he eventually lost to Hillary Clinton.