President Barack Obama says he boosted the gay rights movement.

In a profile with Time declaring Obama its “person of the year,” the president took partial credit for the progress made on LGBT issues in the past 4 years.

“One of the things that I'm very proud of during my first four years is I think I've helped to solidify this incredibly rapid transformation in people's attitudes around LGBT issues – how we think about gays and lesbians and transgender persons,” Obama said. “A lot of that just has to do with the fact that if you talk to Malia [Obama], the idea of making an anti-gay remark at her school is just unimaginable. They just don't get that.”

“For all the divisions that you read about in our politics – and many of them are real and powerful – the truth is, is that we have steadily become a more diverse and tolerant country that embraces people's differences, and respects people who are not like us. And that's a profoundly good thing. That's one of the strengths of America. It was hard-fought. And there's been the occasional backlash, and this is not to argue that somehow racism or sexism or homophobia are going to be eliminated or ever will be eliminated. It is to argue that our norms have changed in a way that prizes inclusion more than exclusion.”

“And I do think that my eight years as President, reflecting those values and giving voice to those values, helps to validate or solidify that transformation, and I think that's a good thing for the country.”