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First Lady Talks LGBT Youth: “We’re Here for Our Kids”

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

First Lady Michelle Obama recently appeared on ‘Access Hollywood’ and reflected on the changes she’s noticed over the past four years. After highlighting the president’s historic support for marriage equality and the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, the First Lady spoke about the positive message these advancements send to youth:

...I’m probably more hopeful than I’ve ever been because I can see the changes and I can see it in our kids.  I get to see so many great signs of this country’s growth.  Kids who now feel like, for the first time, if they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, that they feel like they have a place….One kid came up to me yesterday on the photo line and he said, I would have committed suicide if it wasn’t for what your husband did.

Check out the video:

Michelle Obama is a steadfast supporter for equality who has always had an eye towards improving the lives of our nation’s youth. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte earlier this month, Obama delivered a rousing speech that including mentioning the dignity and respect same-sex couples seeking to marry deserved.

Learn more about the tremendous advancements in equality we’ve seen under President Obama.

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