Vice chair of the Clinton Foundation and former first daughter of the United States Chelsea Clinton was the keynote speaker at the Time to THRIVE conference on Sunday, February 16, in support of the LGBT community.
Clinton spoke at the end of the event, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada over President’s Day weekend; she gave an inspirational speech explaining that despite the advancement of rights such as marriage equality, there is still a lot left to do.
“My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said. “That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.”
In her address, Clinton said, “After all the incredible progress we saw in 2013, I think it’s sometimes easy to think that progress actually marks success and that our work could stop on the steps of the Supreme Court.” She went on to describe much of the progress made politically and socially, before clarifying, “but we should not mistake progress for success.”
She went on to push for more action in combating anti-LGBT bullying: “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.”
Early in her address she also commended a variety of admirable LGBT advocates, including Ellen Page, following her coming-out speech on February 14. “I would also like to add my voice to those who are commending Ellen Page on her courage and her grace on Friday evening. I am certainly one of those more than three million…who watched her speech…and was so deeply moved,” she told the audience.
When Bill Clinton was honored last year at GLAAD’s Media Awards in Los Angeles, he credited his evolved stance on LGBT rights to his daughter.
Despite having signed DOMA into law during his presidency in 1996, Bill Clinton called for the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year.
Chelsea recently appeared alongside her mother, former Secretary of State and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton, at a No Ceilings event talking about women, girls and data for the Clinton Foundation.
When asked questions about her mother’s political aspirations, who is considering presidential candidacy in 2016, Chelsea said, “I am unapologetically biased towards both of my parents…I will support my mother in whatever she chooses to do.”