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Karine Jean-Pierre to be first Black and first LGBTQ White House press secretary

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Karine Jean-Pierre. Photo by Rhododendrites, used under Creative Commons

Karine Jean-Pierre was named the new White House press secretary on Thursday, becoming the first Black person and first out gay person to fill the position.

Jean-Pierre will be replacing Jen Psaki, who will be leaving the position in two weeks. Her first official day day on the job is May 13.

She currently serves as White House principal deputy press secretary. Before joining the White House, Jean-Pierre served as chief of staff for vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on the 2020 United States presidential campaign. She was the first out LGBTQ woman and first Black woman to hold that position.

“Karine is a lifelong public servant and fierce LGBTQ advocate,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. “We are proud to have advocated for her historic nomination. As White House press secretary, she will not only be able to use her podium to represent the Biden administration, but also the LGBTQ community during a time of unprecedented anti-LGBTQ hate and attacks.”

Dr. David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), celebrated the news. Jean-Pierre is a longtime member of the NBJC, a national Black LGBTQ organization.

“Make no mistake – at a time Black people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are under attack – having a strong, openly Black same-gender loving woman as the voice of the White House and our nation sends a clear signal to all – that our nation is better when we embrace who we are,” Johns said.

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