Michelle Obama has said a gay teen recently thanked her and the president for their support of gay marriage.

The First Lady made her comments in an interview with Access Hollywood.

“I'm probably more hopeful than I've ever been because I can see the changes and I can see it in our kids,” she said. “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.”

Mrs. Obama also listed “important conversations about marriage equality” and repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy which for 18 years barred gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, as important accomplishments of the Obama administration.

(Related: Michelle Obama gives shout-out to Tammy Baldwin at gay luncheon.)