The L Word joined out White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to kick off yesterday’s press briefing. Jean-Pierre was joined at the podium by the show’s co-creator Ilene Chaiken, as well as actresses Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey, who respectively play beloved characters Bette, Shane, and Alice in both the original early 2000s series as well as the 2019 The L Word: Generation Q reboot. “I stand on the shoulders of the their greatness,” Landau said of the closeted leaders who came before her.Jeane-Pierre introduced the L Word team by acknowledging the massive impact the show has had on generations of queer women.
A post shared by Leisha Hailey (@leishahailey)Jean-Pierre spoke about how the show has saved lives and how she attended the filming of last year’s episode that featured a marriage between two iconic characters, “a moment that meant so much to queer women across the country,” she said.
She spoke about feeling “alone and sometimes invisible” growing up as a young queer woman of color. “For so many people in our community, The L Word‘s impact cannot be understated.
Being able to see diverse narratives that reflect our lives is incredibly important.”“From book bans to don’t say gay laws, MAGA extremists want to roll back the visibility we fought so hard to achieve, but LGBTQI+ youth are resilient… they are fierce, they fight back, they aren’t going anywhere.”She emphasized that people in the Biden administration “have their back.” A post shared by Kate Moennig (@kateomoennig)Chaiken and Hailey also spoke.