Chelsea Clinton Tackles LGBT Bullying: “Changing Laws Is Insufficient”

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 1.19.31 PMToo bad Chelsea Clinton was merely a teenager when her father signed the now-defunct Defense of Marriage Act into law. If she were any older, she probably could have talked some sense into him.

Speaking at an HRC conference in Las Vegas on Sunday (the same one that Ellen Page just came out during), the 33-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State/power female Hillary Clinton said “LGBTQ rights [are] the unfinished business of the 21st century.”

Now a special correspondent for NBC news, Clinton said she has no plans to run for office in the future. Instead, she hopes to dedicate some of her clout to bringing an end to bullying.

In her address, Clinton praised LGBT celebrities including out athlete Jason Collins for being exemplary LGBT role models:

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 can stop on the steps of the supreme court. 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 their sexuality.