February 16th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
8 months ago

Chelsea Clinton: LGBTQ rights 'unfinished business' of this century

(CNN) - Adapting a line from her mother, Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that shedding light on LGBTQ issues should be a major focus for human rights advocates this century.

"My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said of Hillary Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state. “That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century."

Chelsea Clinton was tapped as the keynote speaker for a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas - another appearance in a series of high-profile events for the former first daughter.

Despite her famed political lineage, Clinton, 33, has said she has no plans to run for public office, unlike her mother, who is seriously considering running for president in 2016.

"I am unapologetically biased towards both of my parents. I am glad there are some people in the audience who agree. I am unlimitedly their daughter," Clinton said in response to a question about her mother’s political aspirations. "I will support my mother in whatever she chooses to do. And my crystal ball is no more clear than yours."

In her address, Clinton pushed for more progress in combating bullying of gay youths. She pointed to celebrities such as Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who announced that he was gay in a Sports Illustrated story in April, and actress Ellen Page, who came out as gay at the same Las Vegas conference last Friday, as role models changing the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer narrative.

"Changing laws and changing the political dialogue while necessary is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops; to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality," Clinton said.

Clinton appeared with her mother last week in New York to launch a new partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to analyze women's advancement internationally.

She will also speak on women’s issues at an event at the University of Missouri-Kansas City later this month.


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Gay rights • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Please go away

    February 17, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Jack Lowe

    No doubt in my mind some will look at this and choose to "bully" Chelsea for her thoughtful approaches to these issues.

    February 17, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Gabbo

    Now CNN is foisting another Clinton on us ..... how unexpected

    February 17, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. weezer

    She is so gonna run for office someday - there's no way she will avoid politics.

    February 17, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. Steven

    How about worker rights and a fair playing ground in the job world, Chelsea your mother, Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Kelly all illegally put their daughters and sons in jobs in the press(oh sure you interviewed ! you did !) ,
    Kelly was on TV in the past saying he would want his son to be in the press, Guess what just like you puppet children they walked into jobs as puppets like propaganda puppets for organized crime syndicates. JOSEPH GOEBBELS would of been impressed that propaganda again has replaced the press and news, all three of you have parents who are puppets of the East coast crooks in NY. You should go to jail right now !

    February 17, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. tv22

    Chelsea should have been named "trial balloon". Plus, after the Facebook thing, i don't think this topic has enough letters to describe it anymore!

    February 17, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Steven

    How about worker rights and a fair playing ground in the job world, Chelsea your mother, Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Kelly all illegally put their daughters and sons in jobs in the press(oh sure you interviewed ! you did !) ,
    Kelly was on TV in the past saying he would want his son to be in the press, Guess what just like you puppet children they walked into jobs as puppets like propaganda puppets for organized crime syndicates. Propaganda again has replaced the press and news, all three of you have parents who are puppets of the East coast crooks in NY. You should go to jail right now !

    February 17, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. chris

    and did we expect anything but the party line opinion from her on this issue.

    February 17, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Michael

    You have the right to be gross if you want. I have the right to say i think its gross if I want. Sounds simple too me.

    February 17, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Richard Brigle

    That is all we need is one more Clinton. For her mom she should be thrown in prison for murder for letting those brave men getting killed.

    February 17, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    polycarp pio

    Chelsea Clinton has ZERO real life experience, she has lived a life of privilage and now riding the coatails of her parents. What is with the media and political preoccupation with HOMOPHILIA, IT IS BECOMMING VERY NAUSEATING, I guess when you have no answers to real life problems facing the nation you digress to this reprobate stupidity. PP
    ------–

    OK..so the next time one of the drunken Bush twins or Tag/Tug/Tripe Romney say anything I hope you have the same comment.......not counting on it though

    February 17, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
1 2 3 4 5