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Beto O’Rourke unveiled pledges to the LGBTQ community as he led a Pride Run in New York.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke talks to members and friends of the LGBTQ community before participating in a run (Mark Lennihan/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke talks to members and friends of the LGBTQ community before participating in a run (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has unveiled a plan to protect LGBTQ rights on the morning he led a Pride Run through a New York City park.

The former Texas congressman promises to use executive orders to overturn the Trump administration’s transgender troop ban and reverse the practice of discharging HIV-positive service members.

Mr O’Rourke wants to work with Congress to pass The Equality Act, which he says would ensure LGBTQ people can “fully participate in public life without discrimination” in employment, housing and “public spaces and services”.

The plan released Wednesday includes a universal health care system that would guarantee LGBTQ people access to hormone “and other gender-affirming treatments.”

Mr O’Rourke also pledges to make it easier for LGBTQ refugee seeking US asylum.

He announced his 2020 campaign in March.

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