October 19, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
Clinton to gay youth: ‘It will get better for you’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday made public a video addressing the recently suicides of young gay men while urging LGBT youth who are experiencing hardship to endure because “it will get better for you.”

“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,” Clinton says. ”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.”

Clinton says the opportunities for LGBT people in the United States will only increase because “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.”

“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,” she says. ”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.”

Watch the video here:

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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