Chelsea Clinton: Progress on LGBT Issues Is Not ‘Success’

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LGBT issues are “unfinished business” from the 21st century, Chelsea Clinton said Sunday, adding that this needs to be at the forefront of discussion for human rights leaders going forward. Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, made her remarks at the Human Rights Council’s Time to THRIVE conference.

“My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century. That is certainly true. But so, too, are the issues of LGBT rights the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton said. LGBT — or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender — issues have been at the center of conversations around the world recently, and Clinton wants to ensure the discussion remains open and productive.

Throughout her speech, Clinton referenced a report by the Human Rights Campaign, “Growing Up LGBT in America.” The report interviewed 10,000 LGBT-identified youth between the ages 13 and 17. It found that 68 percent heard elected officials make negative comments about being LGBT.

Progress should not be considered a benchmark for success, Clinton said, noting that the work of people pushing for fairness in LGBT issues, like same sex marriage, cannot end at the Supreme Court. Changing the dialogue and changing laws is a starting point, but progress must continue beyond that.

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