Chelsea Clinton Calls Gay Rights the ‘Unfinished Business of the 21st Century’

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton says the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success.

Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in an address at a national conference Sunday in Las Vegas.

She urged a crowd of 600 professionals who work with children to become more sensitive to the needs of LGBT youth, saying the deck is stacked against them.

“In school hallways and homes, the impact of family rejection, bullying, and safety concerns weigh all too heavily on too many young people,” Clinton said.

The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s inaugural conference, Time to Thrive, designed to promote the safety and welfare of LGBT youth, honored Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, and former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass for their support of gay rights.

Here’s Clinton’s address. Her comments on LGBT issues begin in earnest at about the five-minute mark: