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Tulsi Gabbard Apologizes for Past Anti-LGBTQ Views in Video Statement: ‘I’m Deeply Sorry’

Presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) apologized for her past anti-LGBTQ views today in a video statement, saying she is “deeply sorry” and that her “views have changed significantly since then.”

“In my past, I said and believed things that were wrong and worse, they were very hurtful to people in the LGBTQ community and their loved ones,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said, while speaking into a cell phone camera on a snowy porch. “Many years ago I apologized for my words, and more importantly for the negative impact they had. I sincerely repeat my apology today.”

“I’m deeply sorry for having said them, my views have changed significantly since then,” she added. “My record in Congress over the last six years reflects what’s in my heart, a strong and on-going commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights.”

Gabbard, whose 2020 announcement was swiftly criticized by some progressives due to her past bigoted views, went on to say that she is aware of the issues the LGBTQ community faces today.

“I know LGBTQ people still struggle, still facing discrimination, still facing abuse, and still fear hard-won rights are going to be taken away by people who hold views like I used to,” she said. “That cannot happen.”

In the early 2000s, Gabbard touted of work for her father’s organization, which promoted conversion therapy, and criticized “homosexual extremists.”

To explain her past views, Gabbard pointed to her upbringing in a “socially conservative household,” adding that she has since “[grown] up and formed my own opinions.”

The lawmaker went on to say that she did not share the story of her conservative upbringing to excuse her old views, but to inspire others who still hold those views to “truly live aloha — to love and care for others.”

“I regret the role I played in causing such pain, and I remain committed to fighting for LGBTQ equality,” she concluded.

Watch above, via YouTube.

 

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