White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gave a cringe-worthy lecture on lesbian visibility during a press briefing on Wednesday, stunning the press corps into silence.
Jean-Pierre, who is openly gay, began her lecture by saying that she was “proud to be a lesbian.” She then went on to talk about the importance of visibility for LGBTQ+ people.
“This week is Lesbian Visibility Week, and as the first openly queer person to hold the position of press secretary for the President of the United States, I see every day how important visibility and representation are,” Jean-Pierre proclaimed before gushing over and introducing the “L-Word” crew and noting that after they spoke to the press that they would be meeting with “LGBTQI+ staffers” in the White House.
“For so many people in our community, ‘The L Word’s’ impact cannot be understated,” she stated. “Being able to see diverse narratives that reflect our lives is incredibly important. It is important that young people see characters on television and in the books who they can relate to, whose life stories and identities inspire them to reach their highest, their highesst potential.”
“It’s important for young people to see themselves represented in government,” Jean-Pierre said. “It’s important for them to see that they can be anything they want to be, even if they’re LGBTQ+.”
Jean-Pierre’s lecture was met with silence from the press corps. Some reporters looked uncomfortable, while others rolled their eyes.
One reporter later asked Jean-Pierre why she felt the need to give a lecture on lesbian visibility.
“I gave that lecture because I think it’s important,” Jean-Pierre said. “I think it’s important for young people to see themselves represented in government.”
"This week is Lesbian Visibility Week. And as the first openly queer person to hold position of press secretary for president, I see everyday how important visibility and representation are. Today I'm honored to welcome the cast of @SHO_TheLWord #TheLWord "
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— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) April 25, 2023
After lecturing the press corps about "Lesbian Visibility Week," the first openly queer press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says "this is like the quietest I've heard you guys!" pic.twitter.com/z8YxVqJsI7
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 25, 2023