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A Thoughtful Coming-Out Message From The White House Deputy Press Secretary
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A Thoughtful Coming-Out Message From The White House Deputy Press Secretary


In a message for Pride Month on Friday, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recalled how, despite her family's initial opposition, she came to accept herself as a member of the LGBTQ community.

“I came out to my Mom when I was 16 years old, and the disgusted look on her face sent me running back into the proverbial closet and slamming the door shut,” Jean-Pierre said in a tweet. “After that, my sexuality became a family secret, and it would stay that way for years.”

“I dated, but I kept those relationships hidden from my family,” she continued, “and just as American society has evolved over the last couple of decades to embrace the LGBTQ community (never forgetting that we still have work to do), my family has evolved to embrace my membership in it.”

Jean-Pierre, 43, was raised in Queens, New York, by working-class Haitian immigrant parents. After earning a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, she worked in President Barack Obama's administration and on his re-election campaign in battleground states. She later joined MSNBC as a political commentator, and subsequently became a CNN contributor.

“She loves my partner and she loves being a doting grandmother to the daughter we are raising,” Jean-Pierre wrote.

Jean-Pierre is the partner of CNN reporter Suzanne Malveaux, with whom she has a young daughter, Soleil, and she discusses her sexuality, mental health, and overcoming abuse in her 2019 memoir, "Moving Forward."

Her full message is available below:

When I was 16, I came out to my mother, and the disgusted look on her face sent me running back into the closet and slamming the door shut. My sexuality became a family secret, and it would remain so for years. pic.twitter.com/frQVqHiCjc — Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) June 25, 2021

I dated, but I kept those relationships hidden from my family. Just as American society has evolved over the last few decades to embrace the LGBTQ community (never forgetting that there is still work to be done), my family has evolved to embrace my membership in it. — Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) June 25, 2021

I've been proud to be an out Black Queer woman for quite some time, and I'm happy to say that my Mother is now proud of EVERYTHING about me; she loves my partner, and she loves being a doting grandmother to the daughter we're raising. — Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) June 25, 2021

No matter where you are in your journey, I see you, we see you, and we celebrate you - Happy Pride! — Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) June 25, 2021

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