White House Deputy Senior Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recalled in a Pride Month post on Friday how her family came to accept her as part of the LGBTQ community despite their initial disapproval. .
“I dated my mom when I was 16. The revolted look on his face sent me back to the proverbial closet and slammed the door, ”Jean-Pierre wrote in a tweet. “After that my sexuality became a family secret and it will remain so for years to come.”
“I went out, but I hid these relationships from my family,” she continued. “Just as American society has evolved over the past two decades to embrace the LGBTQ community (never forgetting that we still have work to do), my family has evolved to be a part of 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 played various roles in President Barack Obama’s administration and worked on his re-election campaign in the Battlefield States. She later joined MSNBC as a political commentator and later became a member of the Biden administration.
Now, writes Jean-Pierre, her mother fully accepts her queer identity: “She loves my partner and she loves being a devoted grandmother to the girl we are raising.”
The deputy press secretary is the companion of CNN journalist Suzanne Malveaux, with whom she has a baby daughter, Soleil. In his 2019 memoir, “Moving Forward”, Jean-Pierre speaks at length about his sexuality, his mental health and overcoming abuse.
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