Kamala Harris Picks Lesbian Activist, Karine Jean-Pierre as New Chief of Staff
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Gayes, let’s talk politics! After Joe Biden chose Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, Harris picked her best right hand man too. Well in this case, right hand woman. Commentator Karine Jean-Pierre will be the first black lesbian to serve as chief of staff to the vice president nominee.
Pierre is no stranger to politics. She was the southeast regional political director for John Edwards’presidential campaign and the "Obama for America" campaign in 2008. During Obama's first term, she served as the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.
Furthermore, Jean-Pierre served as national deputy battleground states director for President Obama's 2011 re-election campaign. She also led the delegate selection, ballot access process, and served as the deputy campaign manager for Martin O'Malley 2016 presidential campaign. Before Harris picked her for chief of staff, Jean-Pierre was the senior advisor to the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign.
“No one handed it to me. I had to go out and take it...I got involved. I worked on campaigns and for politicians. Eventually, worked my way all the way to the White House...representation matters. That is why I find so many of these young newly-elected members of Congress — many of whom are women and women of color — so inspiring.” Karin Jean-Pierre told The Advocate .
Karin's experience in the White House as lesbian & black came with many obstacles, but when she worked with former President Barack Obama it was an “honor".
“I was not the only one...President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT....Serving and working for president Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honor...It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that priorities LGBT issues,” Pierre via Advocate.
When Pierre isn’t focused on politics, She’s a family woman with her daughter, Soleil, & with her partner, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux.
The Haitian-American can also be seen on NBC News, MSNBC and MoveOn.org as a LGBT activist. Her most viral moment is with California Senator Kamala Harris during an interview in 2019. Harris was discussing her gender pay-gap plan at a MoveOn's Forum when a protester ran on stage and took Harris microphone to speak to the crowd. Pierre shielded Harris from the protester until security came.
If Pierre can protect the vice president nominee without hesitation, we can only imagine what she can do in the White House as chief of staff.
#Gayes are you excited?
Check out the video of Karin Jean-Pierre blocking a protester at Kamala Harris' Forum: