Secretary Clinton Addresses LGBT Youth

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 20, 2010

Secretary Clinton recently offered a message to LGBT youth, saying:

"Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay. Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.

"I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: First of all, hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important -- to your family, your friends, and to your country. And there is so much waiting for you, both personally and professionally -- there are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and make your contributions.

"And these opportunities will only increase. Because the story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights, and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people. And in the process, they create a community of support and solidarity that endures. Just think of the progress made by women just during my lifetime by women, or ethnic, racial and religious minorities over the course of our history -- and by gays and lesbians, many of whom are now free to live their lives openly and proudly. Here at the State Department, I am grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as foreign service officers and civil servants here and around the world. It wasn't long ago that these men and women would not have been able to serve openly, but today they can -- because it has gotten better. And it will get better for you.

"So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength. Count me among them.

"Take care of yourself."

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Clamdip
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United States
October 20, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

I brought this bullying issue to my school's principal over 7 years ago because I was constantly admonishing the subtle put downs like "You suck at basketball!" and other students invading their schoolmates personal bubble space. "Imagine that you're standing in a big bubble," I'd implore. Children learn this bullying behavior from their parents because so many are drug addicted or work for the cartels. One parent even stole my classroom fish accusing to call the ASPCA because she thought the children were feeding it too many brine shrimp. This is the kind of idiocy that teachers have to deal with on a regular basis and when you alert authority, your warning signals fall on deaf ears. The school ethos in many of America's schools is awful. We have many crazy children in our schools because their parents are crazy and drug addicted. Why are drug/marijuana addicts allowed to raise their own children? America can't compete if they don't improve the mental health of its children. It starts with strong parents and strong schools. Children get the unconscious message from their parents that they can't cope with life without a toke of Ganja. Why would any country want this for their future citizens? It makes no sense. We don't need anymore crazy a** parents on the schoolyard.

Chris
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Colorado, USA
October 21, 2010

Chris P. in Colorado writes:

Thank you Mdm Secretary of State for your kind and thoughtful words.

I hope that your words will be heard and make a difference.

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