February 16th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
7 years 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."

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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. sophia

    Americans who self-identify as "gay" or lesbian comprise roughly one to three percent of the population. Yet the homosexual movement — led by extremist homosexual pressure groups like the so-called Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — represent, per capita, one of America's most powerful and well-funded political lobbies. Consider that HRC and the HRC foundation alone have an annual budget in excess of 50 million.

    Through a carefully crafted, decades-old propaganda campaign, homosexual activists have successfully cast homosexuals — many of whom enjoy positions of influence and affluence — as a disadvantaged minority. They have repackaged and sold to the public behaviors which thousands of years of history, every major world religion and uncompromising human biology have long identified as immoral and sexually deviant.

    The Goal

    As with every major political movement, the homosexual lobby is pushing a specific agenda. It is often called the "gay agenda." At its core is a concerted effort to remove from society all traditional notions of sexual morality and replace them with the post-modern concept of sexual relativism. That is to say, when it comes to sex, there is never right or wrong. All sexual appetites are "equal." If it feels good, do it.

    Ultimately, the homosexual lobby's primary objective is to radically redefine our foundational institutions of legitimate marriage and the nuclear family by unraveling God's natural design for human sexuality. In so doing, they hope to elevate their own spiritual and biological counterfeit and establish a sexually androgynous society wherein natural distinctions between male and female are dissolved.

    This creates cultural and moral anarchy.

    February 16, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. ted

    Chelsea Clinton is a leader and will continue to be a leader in this country. She has the right attitude about LGBT issues.More and more, even from my generation, people need to be more open to other orientations. I am a heterosexual, but that doesn't mean that I am against lesbians or gays or transgenders. I feel everyone is who they are and should be allowed to be who they really are. I know a gay man and a lesbian woman. Wonderful people who have suffered from ostracism in their families or work lives. Why? Great question. I have no idea why people feel they have the right to bully these beautiful human beings. Shows that many people are very shallow and discriminatory. .

    February 16, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. cindy

    You had me at L and G. You lost me at B, T and Q.

    February 16, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Sol

    She supports her Mom

    February 16, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. John

    Gay acts are sins. Period. It is as simple as that.

    February 16, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. John

    They added another letter? Jesus.

    February 16, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. Chris-E...al

    C Clinton said let there be gays ! She saw it ? And It was good . She's not a daddys girl.! B Clinton saw it and Said dont Ask dont tale . w0w .

    February 16, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. eric

    why would anyone want to hear this person speak, pedigree is not expertise

    February 16, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Mr. Conservative

    She's a liberal like mom & dad. This "news" comes as a suprise to whom?

    February 16, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Albrektson Bergfalk

    Maybe I'm asking too much out of humanity at this but neither women's rights nor LGBTQ's (or however one may identify as) rights should be an issue at least in the USA. Seriously, the country talks about leading by example, but sometimes that can't even get their own stuff together.

    February 16, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Chris

    Clintons, please go away.

    You are the low rent past members of the government. Bill was impeached,Hillary was a carpetbagger Senator and inept at best Sec of State. Chelsea? Just another liberalmwho thinks they are entitled.

    Please, go away?

    February 16, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. Franco

    What a "HUGE" contribution to the USA history....we have serious and real problems to fix but these politicians care more about sex and pot...

    February 16, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Florida Guy

    And we should care about Chelsea Clinton's views because?

    February 16, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. dajowi

    Why is it when they talk about human right for the LGBTQ crowd, they usually mean special rights?

    February 16, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Incredulous

    Zero impact story by a non factor in today's society. Hey CNN, might want to troll the locked units for more supporters.

    February 16, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. John Riley Goldsmith

    What about the rights of women who are around a political leader who exposes himself to them, bites them, gropes them, or soils their dresses? Are they all simply trailer trash?

    February 16, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. kzooresident

    When will the human race figure out that all people have the same set of rights?
    Perhaps we can start with the realization that special groups don't have special rights.

    February 16, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Ignorant

    I'm not trying to troll or anything, but what does the Q stand for? This is the first time I've seen that letter in the acronym.

    February 16, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Steve, New York City

    On this subject, I quite agree with Chelsea. That notwithstanding, I'm also tired of having the Clintons smothered in my face, every time I read the news.

    February 16, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. K

    What a brazenly political, calculated comment. Fifteen years ago, these might have been ground breaking statements. But today, they completely fade into the woodwork. She wants to look like she's being brave when, in fact, this subject is completely safe ground for her ... particularly in the Democratic party.

    February 16, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. jeffision

    It's a darned shame that she has no interest in holding political office. Her intelligence and compassion is exactly what we need in leadership positions.

    February 16, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. john rosen

    Why would anybody care about her politically motivated opinion. My neighbor thinks they are all freaks and I don't think any media outlet is publishing his opinion.

    February 16, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. scranton

    Ellen Page appears to be gay........glue the world back together.

    February 16, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. greatballsoffire

    "And my crystal ball is no more clear than yours." So, she is officially uncloseted.

    February 16, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. gstlab3

    I could not pick a more useless and put up with woman than Hillary then this fine specemine shows its ugly head.

    February 16, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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