Karine Jean-Pierre becomes first Black and LGBTQ+ White House Press Secretary
On May 5, 2022, President Joe Biden announced the historic appointment of Karine Jean-Pierre as to be the next White House Press Secretary. Jean-Pierre, a veteran of the Obama-Biden administration and Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign, would serve as became the first Black, first immigrant, and first out LGBTQ+ person in the role. Prior to her appointment, Jean-Pierre served as the deputy press secretary to her predecessor Jen Psaki and held multiple advisory and press roles with MSNBC, NBC News, and MoveOn.org. President Biden spoke fondly of her in a White House press 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 a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration."
LGBTQ+ Victory Institute – which advocates for the appointment of LGBTQ+ federal officials – celebrated the news with a statement.
“Karine is a lifelong public servant and fierce LGBTQ+ advocate,” said Annise Parker, LGBTQ+ Victory Institute President & CEO.. “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. 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. Shattering this lavender ceiling is a testament to Karine’s grit, power and commitment to our country’s potential. We are confident she will continue to be a strong ally and partner as she works in the highest office of the land.”
Listen to Psaki’s congratulatory message and Jean-Pierre's thoughts on the historic moment here: