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LONG ISLAND’S LGBT NETWORK RESPONDS TO HISTORIC APPOINTMENT OF HOMETOWN HERO KARINE JEAN-PIERRE AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, THE FIRST OUT LGBTQ PERSON TO SERVE IN THE ROLE

STATEMENT FROM LGBT NETWORK PRESIDENT – DR. DAVID KILMNICK

LONG ISLAND, NY (May 6, 2022) – The LGBT Network, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy and human service organization in Long Island and Queens, is responding to the announcement that Karine Jean-Pierre will become White House Press Secretary, the first out LGBTQ person and the first Black woman to serve in the role. Jean-Pierre previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Biden White House.

“We are beyond excited that Karine Jean-Pierre has been named White House press secretary,” says Dr. David Kilmnick, founder and president of LGBT Network. “She’s the first openly LGBTQ press secretary, the first African-American woman press secretary and she’s from our hometown of Long Island, all reasons to celebrate and beam with great pride.”

“The historic nature of her being appointed to one of the most visible roles in the White House cannot be denied,” Kilmnick says of Jean-Pierre, whose resume includes roles as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and as an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. “Karine’s visibility and role will have a profound impact on our LGBTQ younger generation, showing that they can be out and be themselves and accomplish anything they want in life. This LGBTQ Long Islander has made it all the way to the White House, and it sends a powerful message to all LGBTQ youth to dream and believe and that anything can be achieved while being your authentic true self”.

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