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🎙️ As Karine Jean-Pierre approaches her second anniversary as White House Press Secretary on May 13, she carries the weight of being a trailblazer — the first Black woman and first LGBTQ+ person to hold the position. In an exclusive interview with The Advocate on Monday, Jean-Pierre shared insights into the significance of her presence and the broader implications for democracy and representation.

“It’s not lost on me what my presence at the podium behind that lectern means. Being a first in many different ways, I’m an immigrant, I’m a queer Black woman, a person of color, and it is incredibly a heavy weight that I understand is important to carry with respect and understanding,” she said. 🌈

📺 The amount of LGBTQ+ characters on television is decreasing, and a significant chunk is disappearing because their show was canceled or ended. GLAAD’s annual Where We Are on TV report tracks the presence of LGBTQ+ characters in the latest television season. It found just 8.6 percent of recurring characters in the past year were LGBTQ+, falling two percentage points from the previous year.

Former congressman George Santos, the gay fabulist from New York, has reintroduced his drag persona, Kitara Ravache, on the celebrity video creation site Cameo. This move follows Santos’s recent attempt and subsequent withdrawal from a race for a nearby congressional seat as an independent after distancing himself from the Republican Party. 💃🏼 🐘

“I just single-handedly made the left hate Drag queens lol,” Santos wrote on X. 🙃

Onward and upward,

Alex Cooper

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This week’s question is: Who was the first out LGBTQ+ White House Press Secretary?

Reply to this email with the answer and you may get a shout-out in a future newsletter!

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