Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has formally entered the 2016 race for the White House in a bid to become the first woman US president.
Mrs Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama.
The overwhelming Democratic favourite, she had been expected to declare her candidacy for months.
In a video, Mrs Clinton declared:
I am running for president. Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion”
She launched her campaign website on Sunday, telling Americans she wanted to be their “champion”.
Her video features a variety of Americans talking about their preparations for the future including a gay couple who are to marry.
She is the first senior Democrat to announce her run, though a number of Republicans – including Jeb Bush and Rand Paul – have already done so.
Despite only announcing her campaign yesterday, Ms Clinton has been rumoured to be making a second run at the Presidency for years.
She was endorsed last month by pro-LGBT group Equality California – more than a year before the polls open in November 2016.
Clinton has proved popular with the LGBT community – being named ‘Ally of the Year’ by users of hook-up app Grindr in 2014.
The former First Lady announced her support for equal marriage back in 2013 – and has consistently shown her support for LGBT issues.
In 2011, Clinton gave a groundbreaking speech to a United Nations summit in Geneva on LGBT rights.
In her Geneva speech, Clinton said:
Some seem to believe it is a western phenomenon and therefore people outside the west have grounds to reject it. Well, in reality gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths, they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. Whether we know it, whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbours. Being gay is not a western invention, it is a human reality.”