Chelsea Clinton spoke to the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund on Wednesday as part of her work out on the campaign trail speaking in support of her mother’s presidential run.
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“Everything I care most about is at risk in this election,” Clinton said. “And when I think about the world that I hope for my children, when I hope that they can be safe, and secure, and loved, and supported, and be whomever they want to be, whomever they feel called to be, love whomever they want to love in their lives – that vision is at risk, given what Trump and Pence are currently campaigning for, and certainly what we heard out of Cleveland last week.”
Clinton said it was hard to pick what she found most offensive last week, admitting it was hard to pick one, calling the Republican rhetoric “divisive, degrading, demeaning” and calling their platform “the most regressive, least inclusive platform in modern American history.”
She did land on one most egregious offense, however: “the open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican platform,” which she labels as “child abuse.”
“We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children,” the Republican platform reads, which many have suggested is an obvious yet vague dog whistle for those who support the debunked idea that you can “pray the gay away.”
Clinton said she was glad to hear that there are more LGBTQ candidates running for elected office in this cycle than ever before.
“We need to ensure that we are electing people who reflect our values, so that my mom can finally pass the Equality Act,” Clinton said. “So that my mom can finally federally ban conversion therapy. So that my mom can restore the military record of everyone who has served our country with honor…(and) ensure that our most vulnerable youth, many of whom are LGBTQ, get the services and the support they need, even if they’re not getting it at home.”
Clinton also stressed the importance of getting people, especially young people, registered to vote and then get them out to the polls.
“Young people, many of whom, majorities of whom, share our vision for our country, we think that only about 55 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are registered to vote,” Clinton said. “And in most of the primary contests, the majority of young people who were even registered did not participate.”
“The true test of all of our success will be whether we are able to protect and to build on the progress that we’ve all made under President Obama. Or whether we will allow it all to be stripped away. Stripped away by the gravest threat that our community has ever faced in a presidential election: Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” HRC President Chad Griffin said during his introduction of Chelsea Clinton.
“In the blink of an eye, Donald Trump could undo all of the progress we have accomplished together over these last eight years,” he continued. “And by the way, that’s exactly what they promise to do. Fortunately, our candidate has something else in mind. Hillary Clinton has the most comprehensive LGBTQ agenda that we have ever seen from a major presidential campaign.”
Griffin got his start as a volunteer for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, leading to a position in the White House Press Office when he was just 19 years old. He spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He also spoke to the Charlotte City Council recently, thanking them for not repealing the LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.