This Tuesday, President Biden’s administration celebrated Lesbian Visibility Week during the White House press briefing with guest declaring Biden the “most pro-LGBTQI president in our history.”
Karine Jean-Pierre, the first openly gay White House press secretary joined by the cast and creators of the television shows “The L Word” and “Generation Q,” which focuses on lesbian and LGBT narratives. “As a young, queer woman of color, I felt alone and sometimes invisible,” Jean-Pierre said. “For so many people in our community, The L Word’s impact cannot be understated.”
“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 opens joined by actresses Jennifer Beals, Lesiha Hailey, Katherine Moenning, and the show’s co-creator Llene Chaiken.
Chaiken continued that the group was thankful to President Biden for “giving us the first out lesbian press secretary who represents hope and possibility for so many people young and a bit older.”
Jean-Pierre and her guests then went on to condemn “MAGA extremists” for their alleged attacks on LGBT groups, civil right liberations, and state-led efforts to ban books with queer themes.
“Visibility is not just the act of being seen. It is the ability to see,” Hailey said. “So to the librarian in Texas, advocating to keep books with LGBTQIA themes on the shelves, we see you. To the LGBTQI people leading their communities as rabbis, pastors and ministers, we see you…Visibility starts in our homes and our communities. And even if it feels like you’re under attack, know that we see you,”
After the briefing, Jean-Pierre says the cast will meet with LGBTQI+ staffers of the Biden-Harris administration to talk about ways to advance full equality for the LGBTQI+ community.