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Statement on Karine Jean-Pierre Making History As The First Black and First Openly LGBTQ+ White House Press Secretary
May 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

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May 5, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON — President Biden announced Thursday that White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary. She will replace current Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who will depart from the White House on May 13. Jean-Pierre will be the first Black and first openly LGBTQ+ White House Press Secretary in the nation’s history.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director, Tony Hoang:

“Representation is power. For the first time in our nation’s history, people around the world will have the opportunity to watch a talented, accomplished queer Black woman stand behind a podium and speak on behalf of the President of the United States as White House Press Secretary. Karine’s strength, integrity and visibility will inspire generations of Americans to dream big, work hard and never apologize for being their authentic selves.

“We will be watching Karine with pride as she represents the LGBTQ+ community and the Biden-Harris Administration at a critical time in our nation’s history — when the human rights of LGBTQ+ people, women and communities of color are under attack across the country.

The podium is in good hands.”

Jean-Pierre has decades of experience and is a long-time advisor to President Biden, having served in senior communication and political roles in the Biden Administration, the Biden campaign, and to then-Vice President Biden in the Obama Administration. Prior to her role on the campaign, she served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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