By: Audrey Cole/TRT Reporter—Jean-Pierre Shatters Lavender Ceiling; Becomes First White House Press Secretary; Organizations React & Celebrate Her AppointmentLate last evening, President Biden announced Karine Jean-Pierre will be the next White House press secretary, starting on May 13, following the departure of Jen Psaki next week.
Jean-Pierre will make history as the first Black and first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve in this position ever, according to the White House.“I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary,” said the President via the White House release. “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.
Jill and I have known and respected Karine for a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.” ReactionsOrganizations throughout the country immediately reacted to the news.Likewise, the Victory Institute’s president had congratulatory words to say about Jean-Pierre.“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,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. “As the first out LGBTQ person and the first Black person to hold this office, her appointment will inspire countless young people looking for hope and motivation during a dark chapter in our nation’s history.