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History As Karine Jean-Pierre Becomes 1st Black LGBTQ White House Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre made history as the first black woman and first lesbian when she was appointed Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris's chief of staff during the 2020 election. Now she's making history again when she takes over as Press Secretary on May 13. She will be the first black person and first openly LGBTQ+ person to ever hold that position. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement, “Karine Jean-Pierre is a brilliant communicator and person of tremendous intelligence, humor and poise, skills that will serve her and our country well in her new role. There are few jobs more visible or more important to our democracy than to share information with the White House press corps and answer their questions. To have an out queer person of color speak for the President of the United States says everything about Karine’s talent and heart, and recognizes that LGBTQ people can belong, contribute and succeed in every room. Our whole community looks forward to seeing Karine deliver for our nation and represent every LGBTQ person with pride.”