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Chelsea Clinton to address conference on LGBT youth

Chelsea Clinton, the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will address the Time to THRIVE conference, which deals with the safety, inclusion and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth.

The conference will take place on Presidents Day weekend in February at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

An announcement from the Human Rights Campaign, which is organizing the event, said Time to THRIVE "will bring together a wide range of youth service professionals to discuss the most recent best practices for serving LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, healthcare systems and beyond."

Clinton, in the announcement, said, "It’s vitally important we create opportunities for young people to raise their voices, develop their talents, and join in the work of imagining and then building a better future for all of us. Too many LGBTQ youth face significant challenges to being supported and empowered in their communities, schools and even homes because of who they are. I’m grateful Time to THRIVE is bringing people together to raise awareness and find solutions to ensure every young person can be empowered, for their future, and ours."

HRC president Chad Griffin said Clinton's "passion for ensuring that all young people – regardless of who they are – have the tools and support systems necessary to reach their full potential is inspiring. We’re excited to welcome her to our first Time to Thrive conference."

A survey from the HRC Foundation in 2012 found that only half of LGBT youth feel they fit in and that LGBT youth are more than twice as likely to be verbally harassed at schools than their peers. About 63 percent of LGBT youth in the survey said they'd move to another part of the country to feel accepted.

National Education Association and the American Counseling Association are also involved in presenting the conference. Other guests will include Betty DeGeneres, ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, EJ Johnson, labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.

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