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. Olaf Big

    Stop beating the dead horse, Chelsea. LGBT and the rest of the alphabet are just fine. How about we start worrying about things that affect all of us, not just 10%? Everybody and their uncle are coming out as gay because it is safe to do so now, and you get a bit of publicity if you are a celebrity, and it is getting boring, boring, boring...

    February 16, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. jimatmad

    Keep an eye on the younger Ms Clinton. She will be a powerful force for good in the future.

    February 16, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. TallinOK


    Grooming the next generation of machine politics.


    February 16, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. ardvrk

    You go, girl!

    February 16, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. dave

    I say we make her the gay ambassador of Libya!

    February 16, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. frank ford

    cnn, all things gay, all of the time

    February 16, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Supporter

    I'm a supporter of gay rights mostly because people should have the right to live their lives how they choose. But, gay people, come on. You are doing yourself no justice with 10000 categories of sexual preference, 100000 coming out stories, and 1000000 feather boa'ed men in leather speedos. I have no right to tell you what to do in your bedroom and frankly, I don't want to know either.

    February 16, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. hencheryjohn

    OK I'll bite...What does the Q stand for?

    February 16, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. martyvornkahl

    Hillary Clinton, whom I have a lot of respect for, has a very good chance(her last), of winning the White House in 2016,,,,,,,,,,,,,She also has a very good chance of losing. She just needs to be sure she has all her "ducks in a row". It shall be interesting, VERY interesting.........

    February 16, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Let's see how many classy people skewer this young woman for no other reason than being born into a political family.

    February 16, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. ready

    They are going to keep adding letters to that?


    February 16, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. hencheryjohn

    Doesn't it bother her that her dad is known round the world as a perv?

    February 16, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Esaias

    Homosexuality is a sin. God said so and still does. Read the Bible, educate yourselves. Stop being so spineless and self-righteous America.

    February 16, 2014 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. GTS58

    OMG – we are supposed to pay attention to anything this Air-Head says or does! Chelsea Clinton is an empty vessel devoid of substance. This is a sorry attempt to grab some headlines in the hopes of possibly becoming relevant! All the Clintons are corrupt1

    February 16, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Dywlf

    Momma's prepping her for 2016.

    February 16, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. BraveNewWhirled

    Chelsea is right! Before this century is finished, science will likely find a way to allow two homosexuals to procreate, thereby making true the fallacy of "born this way". Of course, Ray Kurzweil and his singularity will have made procreation unnecessary because we will all be "living" in silicon.

    February 16, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. sickofclintons

    Blah, blah blah blah!!!! Rhetoric at its best! Action sister...action speak louder than words.

    February 16, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Truth_is_Truth

    What about protecting young interns from sexual predators.

    February 16, 2014 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. bpipal

    can someone tell me what the Q is?

    February 17, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Doug

    I think Chelsea Clinton will go a long way with the cool head she inherited... Good for you Chelsea !

    February 17, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. jeff

    A nobody talking about a nontopic.

    February 17, 2014 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  22. Ray

    Why would anyone care what Chelsea Clinton thinks about anything?

    February 17, 2014 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  23. Jason

    So good to see Chelsea Clinton helping us to appreciate she is unabashedly supportive of everyone who is gay, lesbian, transgender ..... Like we weren't sure of that? For all we know maybe her mom is gay?

    February 17, 2014 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  24. 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

    February 17, 2014 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  25. Bubba Rydell

    Again she spoke of the rights of the homosexual and completely ignored the rights of Christians. Godless, left wing, communist just like her parents.

    February 17, 2014 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
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