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germans, who had occupied this whole area have begun a withdrawal. and they started to move their troops, but did not move them quickly enough. by the end of the day, the americans reached, not only the main objective for that day, but many of the objectives for the following day. by midmorning of september 13, the whole area had been liberated. artifacts,erican today at 6 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> the human rights campaign and lgbtq advocacy group hosted its annual dinner this weekend in washington, d.c. with former vice president joe biden and his wife jill among the featured speakers. they were introduced by hrc president chad griffin. this is 45 minutes.
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>> now, i have the pleasure of introducing two of the grandest allies our movement has ever known. throughout their years in public life including eight years as vice president and second lady of the united states -- [cheers and applause] >> they have served as champions for those who need them the most. survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. victims of gun violence. the bullied and vulnerable, and lgbtq people denied most basic rights. we'll never forget his heartfelt embrace of major equality at that pivotal moment in 2012 which helped us build a wave of support across this country. and, by the way, he single handily made aviators the most popular sunglasses in america. since leaving office they have continued to speak out, to fight injustice, and to make change. and lgbtq people denied our most basic rights. we will never forget his heartfelt embrace at that pivotal moment in 2012 which helped us build a wave of support across this country. way, hehe
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single-handedly made aviators the most popular sunglasses in america. office they have continued to speak out, to fight injustice, and to make change. in our current political climate, that means they are busier than ever. with the launch of the biden foundation, they are tackling issues of equality with the passion and determination that they are famous for. from helping to shine a spotlight on the detention, torture, and murder of a gb gq people in chechnya. in launching support communities at home, we are grateful for them for continuing to be our champions and our allies in this fight. know we will see a lot more of them in the months and years ahead. welcoming our in friends and champions, the 47th vice president of the united states joe biden and dr. jill
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biden. [applause] ♪ mrs. biden: thank you. thank you.
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who made aviators popular? [applause] thank you, it is such an honor to be here with you tonight. [applause] these are incredible times, aren't they? stake. is at griffin's community has a leader fit for these times. let me begin by saying thank you to chad and thank you also to your mom and dad, betty and butch who are also here with us tonight.
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when i was 13 years old, i stopped on the street of my pennsylvania neighborhood and knocked on the door of a boy named drew. had been making fun of my little sister, bonnie, who was just nine years old at the time. throwing worms at her again. she was terrified to go back to the bus stop. he was a serial offender and i was tired of it. i had no idea what i was going to say to him. i when he opened the door, pulled back and i punched him right in the face. [applause]
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and then i ran as fast as i could. [laughter] i hate bullies. [applause] at the biden foundation we have several pillars helping middle-class families, like the ones joe and i grew up in. supporting military families and supporting colleges. , whypeople have asked us did we make unto be gq equality one of our pillars in there are btq equalitymake lg in our pillars and there are a lot of answers. we have seen friends struggle with equality.
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friends who we know as our friends daughter. as a teacher, for 30 years -- >> [applause] mrs. biden: a lot of teachers here. i watched my students struggle with who they are. through their writing, i get a window to their thoughts and it can be exciting to see the hate they have had to deal with and the wrongness of their pain. me, what it comes down to is that there is nothing that makes either of us more angry than a bully. >> [applause] mrs. biden: there is nothing more unfair or more unjust than people using their power to make other people feel small.
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to tell them who they are or what they are capable of. identity does not belong. whether someone picking on my sister were people telling our friends and neighbors that their love doesn't count, there is nothing that makes us want to pick a fight more than that. >> [applause] why we knewthat is that the challenges facing the lgbtq community had to be part of the biden foundation. we knew that when the history want to beritten, we on the side of the quality. -- of equality. >> [applause] me tell you, it has been a real privilege for us to get to work with you.
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tenacity, and resilience of you, our brothers and sisters, is inspiring. to callincredibly lucky ourselves your allies. some of you may have read the you" "what belongs to about the loneliness and struggle of closeted desire. love iseenwell wrote, not just a matter of looking at someone, but looking with them. facing what they face. someone at ourve side facing life with us. proud tohy i am
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introduce the man who has been andy side, and ally champion for equality. a man whose life's purpose stems from the profound commitment to civil rights. a man who always speaks from the heart. in welcoming my husband, joe biden. >> [applause] mr. biden: thank you. what a wonderful crowd.
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thank you. although i have been around a i was not there when natalie seasons was running for , flattery is fine as long as you don't inhale. --ook out at you >> [indiscernible] >> [applause] mr. biden: my name is joe biden. i am joe biden's husband. that is how i notice my family. and i'm proud of it. -- i am jill biden's husband.
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that is how i am known in my family. and i brought it. your commitment to this cause, and it is a cause, i said this for the last 10 years, it is the civil rights issue of our day. i am not looking for applause. it is about what we are as a country. i told you before, chad give me early, butcoming out it was a very late. coming out early for marriage equality. i told the team that asked me to join them as vice president, that i would not make the case, but if i was asked, i would not remain silent. i have told you before, this was
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not difficult for me. it took nothing. as i told some of you before, i learned early on from my father a civil proposition. i was being dropped off at city tol in wilmington, delaware get an application to be a lifeguard in an african-american community. i wanted to work on the east side. i was 17 years old and i got out of the car, two men dressed in suits, one heading to the hercules building, the other heading to another building, leaned over and kissed one another and embraced. said,ed at my dad and he joe, it is simple. they love each other. it is simple. >> [applause] mr. biden: my dad was a generous
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, decent, honorable man. deservedhat everyone to be treated with dignity. that is how he treated people. but here's the deal. also on behalf of jill and myself and our entire family, we want to thank the hrc for honoring our deceased son, beau biden back in june. it meant a great deal to us. 2015, just a month , you and thisied community honored him.
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he spearheaded in july 2013 in the state of delaware, a marriage equalityhe act that became law. a statute. anytime, one of only a few states in the nation. a group other attorney generals, i believe there were nine of them, filed a brief to the to challenge the defense of marriage act. in june 2013, he led -- sarah used to work for to challenge te defense of marriage act. him and she said something that meant a lot backstage. she said i could have never made it without beau, because he understood human dignity. june 2013, he led the gender identity nondiscrimination act, which gave i legislative -- not just executive order, but legislative, dictated that every transgender person deserved the
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right that every other american had. he also got in a little bit of trouble when he stayed -- when the state of utah, someone didn't recognize the marriage and they moved to delaware, he recognized the marriage anyway. some of you know, my son hunter one -- ran the world food program. he feels as strongly as beau did and my daughter runs one of the largest nonprofits in the state and is an acolyte of beau's in trying to change things. the civil rights debate that continues in america. what you have done is you have and not put aent different face on it, a different sense of urgency.
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the urgency of now. i want to take a minute to knowledge my friend and former attorney general, i thought he was here. eric holder. guys, whatof the happened when i made the announcement on meet the press, all of the sudden there was a cascade out of the administration. starting with our secretary of education, who is a great guy. tonight recipient of your hrc equality award, a very talented actress who has as much moral courage as talent, anne hathaway. >> [applause] and an olympian, adam
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nte, and mydam ripo good personal friend, friends of his mother and my son, when if the great leaders of the transgender equality cause, sarah mcbride. as they say in the senate when i serve there, as a point of personal privilege, i want to recognize and have her up your, -- have her up here. earlier to endorse and encourage her. she would have won by 10 more points had i not done that publicly. conversationgreat on election night. i will never forget it. never forget her enthusiasm and her determination and commitment. havesince the last time i spoken to you from this stage, it has been pointed out we have
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made progress. notwithstanding the onslaught by this administration and the regressive elements in american society. it was a time of tremendous progress and historic change that you helped guide us through in our administration. you, because of you, particularly people like dennis and judy shepard. i don't know where you are, but stand up. >> [applause] whatiden: jill and i know it is like to lose a child. we understand the pain never goes away and i admire -- i mean this from the bottom of my heart -- i admire your courage every single day taking on the son'sts that caused your
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death, but it takes enormous courage, because every time you do, it takes you back to the moment you got the news. we owe you. >> [applause] i hope you know how grateful we are as a nation for all that you have done these the years. to speak out and demand a better, safer world for our children. the truth is, the speed with which things have changed is no thanks to any national figure. like iecause of people just introduced, people who had .ourage to come out and speak that is why i am so happy to be here to say thank you. ofnk you to generations brave advocates, from stonewall to act up, to student leaders. we have come this far because you spoke up. because you demanded justice.
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you did it despite the voices of intolerance that tried to tear you down, and many of you, especially those closer to my age, paid an enormous personal price, andofessional literally put your lives in jeopardy to speak out. that is why we are here today. he risked your livelihoods, -- but your tenacity, your integrity, literally bent the ark of this nation much more toward justice. children, my, our grandchildren, will grow up in a world that is more just, open-minded and humane. but our work is not yet done by any stretch of imagination. much too high and as i've said, we face an administration and some of its most ardent right-wing supporters, the head of the ku klux klan has endorsed, and the
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alt-right are trying to undo all the progress you have made. today, we still don't have a federal law that explicitly protects lgbtq from being fired or denied services. into gate states, you can be fired for being gay. in 30, you can be fired for being transgender. legally fired. and here's what i want to remind you all. the american people are better than this, i promise you, they don't know that it is possible. we should remind them day in and out that that is still possible, as they will not support it. >> [applause] said,den: as chad transgender americans are still under attack in the state legislature and face and academic of violence that claims far too many lives each year. around the world, lgbtq individuals face terror and torture.
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chechnya, el salvador, malaysia, tanzania, even some of our democratic allies like romania, party be giving way to some narrowminded politics that have tried to define family here at home, the same kind of people. any portion of conscience -- any person of conscious regard this of their religion or personal believe should be able to agree that discrimination and violence against any person in any form is simply intolerable. illegal, wrong. >> [applause] mr. biden: i spent a lot of time traveling around the world and would speak out about this issue. i would be told it is cultural. let me tell you something. those who try to excuse this kind of discrimination in the name of culture, i say
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humanity's humanity. it is a crime. using religion or culture to theriminate, demonizing community, individuals to score political points, is no more justifiable around the world than it is here at home and our policies should reflect that. >> [applause] despite losing in the court and in the court of public opinion, these forces of toolerance remain determined undermine and roll the progress you all have made. you, have they, not an ally in the white house. this time, they have an ally. there is a small percentage of the american people, some of ofm the pranks -- dregs
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society and instead of using the executive branch to secure justice and dignity for all, the president uses the white house as a literal bully pulpit. callously exerting his power over those who have little or none. room may be fortunate enough to live in cities or work for companies who are protected by law or policy with privilege and access to defend yourselves and your families. manycross the country, too of our fellow americans lack this basic comforts. that is especially true for young people. many of you are familiar with the trevor project. >> [applause] mr. biden: and the suicide hotline. just having to say those two phrases together, a project and a suicide hotline.
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i recently learned that in two they had the highest call volume with the day after trump was and hit a president trump fitted his new -- tweeted his policy banning trench under military members. despite all the progress we have made, there are so many young people who feel so abandoned. so alone. so afraid. struggle to journey future in which they are safe, affirmed, and loved. suddenly, you don't have to imagine what that is like, because you have lived to philly. he imagine those sleepless nights lying in bed as a kid, staring at the ceiling, wondering if or when to come out. what do i say? what are they going to say to
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me? what will happen? heart whenin your you first spoke your truth. coach, i am gay. mom, i am trench under. -- i am transgender. not knowing how your loved one might respond. looking down the street, looking behind you to see who is watching before you hold your partner's hand or steal a kiss. literally looking over your shoulder all the time. tonight -- that you are here tonight, speaks to your strength and resilience. i expect many of you got help along the way. a teacher, who may have looked out for you in the classroom and
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even in the hallways of your school. a relative or neighbor who stood up for you when others would not. who reminded you that we're all born perfect, created in god's image. voidriends who filled the that your biological family with their unconditional love, acceptance and support when you did not get it at home. sadly, too many of our young people are rejected, not just by their communities, but by their families. blood of my blood, bone of my bone. kicked out of their homes. subject to the vile practice of conversion therapy that our vice president promoted. i recently heard from a delaware
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teacher told me about a subject totransgender student wr words was so hurt by her family that she dropped out of school and ran away from home, toocating thousands of miles an unknown and risky future. do,on the better than i although i know individuals who went through it, that kind of rejection is all too common. 2018, in the united states of america, some of you know about a man named seth owing -- seth owen. in many ways, he is blessed. valedictorian, captain of his swim team, class president. a child any parent would be proud of.
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that sets parents saw things differently. , they sent himay to conversion therapy to "turn him straight." his father literally threatened to stone him. son of a gun. >> [applause] mr. biden: and when his parents gave him an ultimatum, he had no choice but to move out. fortunately, seth had teachers and coaches and friends who look out for him. thanks to them and thousands of new friends across the country parties story, he is now a freshman at georgetown university. >> [applause] i just got a chance to meet him back stage. he is here tonight with his former coach, where are you?
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i what you to see this young man. i don't know where you are. over there. be strong. i am proud of you. i have your back. we have your back. the country has your back. be proud. no court decision, law, policy -- as my mom would say, god love you, son. no court decision, law, policy or pull can replace the impact of the loss of unconditional love. it is not how we are made up. it is not the measure of decency.
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michelle is a mother of a marine who came out to her over skype while, like my son, deployed for . year overseas as a marine in michelle's words, she could see eight huge weight lifted off of him. when he came out with her. and what her son said he was you and dad would not love me anymore, can you imagine? per response was, -- her response was exactly what every parent's response ought to be. she said, i will love you even more, because every single time you meet someone who has hate in them, i am sending extra above
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your way to get you through those tough times. that is what mothers should do. imagine how relieved that young marine must have felt at that moment. imagine the burden lifted off of him. and many of you know it. feel that certain of a parent's love well to floyd thousands of mother -- while deployed thousands of miles away in a battle zone, to know you're not alone. we can't rest until all of our young people are affirmed and accepted the same way. when wewhy jill and i set up the biden foundation, she spoke about, we launched an initiative, as you are. it is the beginning of a massive public education campaign to raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of lgbtq young
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people. we are collaborating with the toa and other organizations raise this to a level that everyone understands. we are collecting personal stories of youth, parents, educators and others to highlight the critical importance of affirming, accepting, and supporting all of our young people. and making them aware of the harm that results from rejection. including the disproportionately high suicide rate. this project.gun we have already collected over 500 submissions across america, two of which you heard from tonight. some are heartbreaking, others inspiring. all speak to the importance of family and community acceptance. being allowed to have people
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understand your dignity. what and who they do not know and what they don't understand. that is why these stories have such incredible power. to reveal our common struggles and shared humanity. together, we have to work together to change our culture. to ensure if it future for all of our young people. chad, i know i am always referred to as the white house optimist, the reason i am optimistic is i understand that history is the journey of this country. i know we can do this. days and people these maybe many of you are pessimistic because of the personal and political onslaught against the community from so many quarters. i am optimistic. because i really do know the history and the journey of the american people. they are decent.
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what has happened in the last 10 years? gay. found out their best they know he was a good guy. the girl that you studied with is a lesbian. you know how decent and honorable and what a value set she has. and what contributions she can make. that doesn't mean we turn away from the dark realities. understanding the story of the journey this community is important. the examples that we are witnessing today is not who we are. that is not america. that is not with the vast majority of the american people are. the vast majority are ready with us. chad knows because when i came ," i wasmeet the press"
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told how i was ruining the chances. i said, i will make you a bit. the american people are already way ahead of us. 57% of the american people already support it. gay marriage. this onslaught that we are us not onlyrequire to be vigilant but more aggressive and demand more. demand more of our leaders. respect, decency, a quality. giving hatehazen. -- hate no safe haven. corny when you say it.
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the american people basically in their gut, that is the aspiration. they are not giving up on it. barack and i agreed to be ready to give this administration a chance to get up and running the first year. [laughter] god forgive me. i could not remain silent after charlottesville. [applause] i want to be deadly earnest with you about it. that's why i wrote an article entitled, the battle close -- battles for american souls. don't clap. i'm serious. i'm serious. this is about-- basic decency. goons can come out
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of fields at night with lighted nazi flags,ryingn chanting the same bile that was chanted in nuremberg and berlin. it serious. hush up. this is deadly earnest. we are in a fight for america's soul. leaders who were not heard when these guys were accompanied by the ku klux klan and those who objected making a comparison saying, they're good people. what has become of us? our children are listening. our silence is complicity. i don't want to hear anyone now
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as we stand up in the face of this onslaught, the vast majority of the american people are with us. it is the story of supporting many brave americans who came out and spoke up from the earliest activities of trailblazers like marcia b johnson listed stood in the front lines of liberation. those loving couples who fought for the freedom to marry. ,t's all of you coming out living with pride, telling your stories. last week, in india, the country of india, it wasn't just what they did. it's how they did it. the supreme court unanimously decided to jerk human allies homosexuality. -- decriminalize homosexuality. landmark u.s. supreme court decisions giving people
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equality. [applause] folks, the rest of the world follows a -- us because of the power of our example. that is what allows us to lead the world. it resonates around the world. all of your tonight. those were no longer with us. your courage, i think you underestimate it. it gives millions of people hope. who might see part of what you are doing tonight. knowing that there are thousands and thousands of people coming forward, just may have a little more help. a little more help. -- hope. a little more hope.
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faith sees best in the dark. it is so dark for so many people. you remind us, we have a lot of work to do. to stand up to the abuses of power and make sure that everyone is treated with dignity. some of you heard me say this before. it's not a joke. forguys have done more straight women and when -- men than you have for gays and lesbians. think about this. one example. a lot of you are very successful businessmen and women. if you were at a fancy restaurant in washington five or six years ago, and a gay or orbian waiter came up, transgender, spoke with a list or demonstrated -- lisp or
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demonstrated they work a or lesbian, and someone made fun of that person, no one would've said anything. not a joke area i want -- joke. i want you to think about this. if that same thing happened today, the other people at the table would say, you horses tail , get out of here. really. [applause] believe in yourself. believe and how much more you can do. the reason my son felt so strongly about this, he died of cancer. a terrible disease. we have a foundation that is trying to and cancer. this is a disease on america. this disease of homophobia. we can end it. we can save my grandkids, my
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great candidates, and thousands and thousands of americans, and the rest of the world will repair to the american standard. god love you and make a protect our troops. [applause] magog -- may god protect our troops. [applause] [inaudible] >> go spread the faith. vote. vote. vote. ♪ [inaudible] announcer: on newsmakers this
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weekend, vermont senator patrick leahy, the top democrat on the appropriations committee, talks about the bills to fund the federal government the on septembe30. he is also asked about funding for disaster relief. i think i saw a figure that says we have $26 billion in that account. are we pretty confident that will cover this hurricane season and the rest of this year? >> i don't know what is happening this weekend. you watch the news and you see some of the pictures. this is something i have never seen before. we are the united states of america. i remember when hurricane irene hit vermont. it was devastating. it was like what my parents told me about when they were youngsters. and huge distraction. the day after, i started getting emails and calls her mother
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,enators -- from other senators when we have the earthquake, the tornado, we will stand with you. we are the united states of volcano whether it is a in hawaii or it is an earthquake in california, flooding in the carolinas, or puerto rico. we are all part of the country. that is why the way puerto rico was handled, they are americans. this is part of the united state. we will do it. i've not talked to a single republican or democrat who says no, we can't find the money. but i am worried when i see the white house taking money out of ways to putting it into
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the poor people -- ways to deport people. the aid too, hurricane sandy became somewhat politicized. you don't anticipate that happening anytime soon? >> some may try to, i would fight against it to then they'll. againstinst it toot -- it tooth and nail. announcer: you can watch the rest of the interview today at 6:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. announcer: >> in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's public cable companies, and today, we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events
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