US President Barack Obama has explained he is hopeful for the young people of America, thanks to their shifting attitudes towards LGBTI people.
Speaking as part of ‘The YouTube Interview’, an annual White House tradition designed to reach a younger audience, Obama shared his views on equality with YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen.
‘For young people, making sure they’re not bullied, that requires the participation of all of us,’ he said.
‘We’re not there yet – but on the other hand, I’ve got to tell you, just to watch the amazing strides that we’ve made over the last five years, ten years, all as a result of the incredible courage of people who had the courage to come out and say ‘here’s who I am’, but who did it 20-30 years ago when it was incredibly tough.’
The President said it is through speaking with his teenage daughters, 17-year-old Malia, and 14-year-old Sasha, that he is able to see the shift in attitudes.
Addressing Nilsen, who came out as a lesbian in June last year, the President said: ‘The best thing, the thing that makes me most hopeful is when I talk to Malia and Sasha, young people of your generation – their attitudes are so different, and the notion that you’d discriminate against someone because of sexual orientation is so out of sync with how most young people think – including young Republicans, young Democrats – I think it’s it’s across some of the usual political lines.
‘This is an issue that is going to be moving in the right direction as long as we stay vigilant and keep working on it.’
Nilsen also asked the President about the future of same-sex marriage in the country, following the news that Alabama’s Chief Justice is trying to stop judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
‘The fact that an Alabama judge is resisting… is just a temporary gesture by this judge, which will be rapidly overturned,’ he said.
Watch the interview below: