So I hear some of the pundits (read: idiots) are second-guessing Secretary Clinton's motives for making the video I posted yesterday.
They think she did it for political motives, suggesting that maybe it is even related to a future run at the presidency.
So in case you were wondering, here is a little piece of evidence that gay teen suicide is something she was concerned about BEFORE these latest suicides hit the mainstream media (because we all know that it isn't the suicides that are new, it is the coverage). This is a direct quite from Secretary Clinton's Pride speech on June 22, 2010:
"So I think that each and every one of you not only professionally, particularly from State and USAID in every bureau and every embassy and every part of our government, have to do what you can to create that safe space, but also personally to really look for those who might need a helping hand, particularly young people, particularly teenagers who still, today, have such a difficult time and who still, in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own lives rather than live that life."
Now here is a little more background. She did this video because GLIFAA (Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies) asked her to consider doing it. It wasn't an idea someone on her staff thought up for political expediency (and really...since when is supporting gays is politically expedient?) But she and her staff were eager to do it, because as the quote above demonstrates, she already cared about the issue.
Just one more reason why we love her.
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