Karine Jean-Pierre 1st Black, lesbian White House press secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre white house press secretary

American president Joe Biden announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary. The appointment makes her the first Black and openly lesbian woman in the position.

Karine Jean-Pierre currently works as a deputy White House press secretary. Before joining the Biden communication team, she advised the Biden campaign and worked as chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris.

Obama White House

Karine Jean-Pierre also worked previously on both Obama campaigns and in the Obama White House, an experience she spoke about in 2011.

“What’s been wonderful is that I was not the only; I was one of many. President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT. Serving and working for President Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honour. It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that prioritizes LGBT issues.”

In announcing her appointment, Joe Biden said he had known Karine Jean-Pierre for a long time. He described her as a strong voice for his administration.

“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people.”

Representation matters

Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the appointment was amazing because representation matters.

“She will give a voice to so many and allow and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard, and dream big and that matters, and … we should celebrate that.”

Karine Jean-Pierre said the historic nature of the appointment was not lost on her.

“I am still processing it because, as Jen said, at the top this is a historic moment and it’s not lost on me. I understand how important it is for so many people out there. So many different communities that I stand on their shoulders.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be behind this podium.”


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