Chelsea Clinton Calls Gay Rights Activists to Action

Speaking at Human Right’s Campaign’s annual conference

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Chelsea Clinton and the 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards

Chelsea Clinton called gay rights “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in remarks that closed Human Rights Campaign’s annual conference on Sunday.

“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,” Clinton said. “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.”

HRC’s 2014 Time to Thrive conference drew headlines after actress Ellen Page used announced she is gay in a speech to the gathering. Gay rights advocates represent an influential segment of the Democratic Party and are sure to play a sizeable role in deciding the 2016 presidential election, for which Clinton’s mother Hillary is considered a top contender if she runs.

“My mother has often said that the issue of women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton said. “But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.”