A newly released email from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State provides an interesting peek at the loudly, recently LGBT candidate’s private thought process of gender descriptors: they’re not worth the Fox News blowback.

In 2011, Clinton, whose campaign now sells “pride” merchandise like this:

Said that she refused to “defend...in front of congress” the decision to drop “mother and father” in State Department usage in favor of gender-neutral terms (like on passports). Clinton reluctantly adds that she could “live with” another descriptor “so long as we retained the presumption of mother and father.” Anything else wouldn’t be worth “facing a huge Fox-generated media storm led by Palin et al.”

Contact the author at biddle@gawker.com.
Public PGP key
PGP fingerprint: E93A 40D1 FA38 4B2B 1477 C855 3DEA F030 F340 E2C7