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Tulsi Gabbard Rejects Claim Her LGBTQ Commitment Is ‘Skin-Deep’

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard denied that her commitment to LGBTQ Americans was “only skin deep” at The Advocate‘s LGBTQ Presidential Forum.

The┬ámember of Congress from Hawaii responded to a question from an audience member Friday that used this phrase to sum up skepticism of her views and her status as an ally. “Some have said your equality is only skin-deep since it amounts to saying ‘gay people should be tolerated,’ which is different from saying “truly OK to be gay,'” stated Nathaniel from Des Moines. “Does your evolution of LGB people and issues extend to transgender people and issues affecting them, and how can LGBT voters trust that you’ll represent them if you are merely tolerating instead of truly accepting of who they are?”

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