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2 Lesbian Moms of Color Named to All-Women Biden Communications Team

2 Lesbian Moms of Color Named to All-Women Biden Communications

Two—yes, two—lesbian moms of color have been named to Joe Biden’s all-women White House communications team.

Karine Jean-Pierre at BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City, May 2019. Photo: Rhododendrites. Used under a (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Pili Tobar speaking at U.S. State Department, July 2016. Image: State Department/public domain.

Karine Jean-Pierre, a veteran political organizer, commentator, and author, who served as senior advisor to President-Elect Joe Biden and chief of staff to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris during the campaign, will become principal deputy press secretary. She served as regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs in the Obama administration and as deputy battleground sates director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, was more recently chief public affairs officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC political analyst. She is also on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In an interview with Hollywood Life at the end of July, she spoke about her reasons for being part of the Biden campaign, saying, “I felt like this is my job as a mom to step in. I thought about my six year-old and I thought about what kind of planet or world or country are we going to be leaving to her and her peers,” adding, “I’m a Black woman, I’m a gay woman and I’m an immigrant. And Donald Trump, he is someone who hates everything I am.”

Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian parents but raised in New York City. In her 2019 book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, she writes about her unconventional path to political involvement and how and why others, no matter their backgrounds, need to step up and participate today.

Pili Tobar, who served as the communications director for coalitions on the Biden-Harris campaign, will become deputy White House communications director. She previously served as the deputy director for America’s Voice, where she advocated on behalf of immigrants. She has also served as the Hispanic media director for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and held a number of other senior communications positions. Originally from Florida and raised in Guatemala, Tobar is a graduate of the University of Miami. She lives in Washington D.C. with her wife and daughter.

They are not the first LGBTQ people to have White House communications roles. Judd Deere is currently White House deputy press secretary, and Eric Schulz held the same position in the Obama administration, the Washington Blade reminds us. As queer women of color, however, and as queer parents, they break new ground. This is not to say that all queer parents should aspire to such lofty careers. Sometimes, we need to take the job that simply puts food on the table—or to forego outside employment in order to better care for our children. At the same time, I find it inspiring to see that increasingly, queer parents who want to ascend to positions of significant national power can do so.

Other members of the Biden-Harris communications team will be Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director; Jennifer Psaki, White House press secretary; Ashley Etienne, communications director for Vice President Harris; Symone Sanders, senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president; and Elizabeth E. Alexander, communications director for First Lady Jill Biden.


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Pop Culture Fix: Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle Nickname LA’s NWSL Team “The Lesbians”

Pop Culture Fix: Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle Nickname LA's


Well, hello and welcome back to another Pop Culture Fix, your bi-weekly round-up of queer pop culture news.


+ Natalie gave you a comprehensive rundown of Los Angeles’ NWSL expansion team yesterday in Also.Also.Also, but I would like to add the important pop culture information that Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle have solid team mascot ideas. (Also please enjoy Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain — all members of the new ownership group — at a USWNT game in 2019.)

+ Chris Colfer wrote a tribute to Naya Rivera in Variety and it’s beautiful.

+ Heather Morris posted a tribute video of her dancing to Naya’s song Radio Silence on her Instagram.

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+ Legend of Korra is finally coming to Netflix in August! Bomb Girls is coming to Acorn TV!

+ Over at Bitch, Maggie Chirdo wrote about how Scooby-Doo’s Velma shaped lesbian culture.

+ Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (aka The One Where Mae Whitman plays Ramona’s half-ninja lesbian ex-girlfriend) turns ten years old this week and the cast came together to do a full table read of the script.

+ Austen Osworth is guesting on the Pop Tarot newsletter today with a brilliant piece about The Baby-Sitter’s Club members as knights of the minor arcana.

+ At the A.V. Club, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya has assembled the definitive list of the ten queerest episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess.

+ Tomb Radier creator Jackson Lanzing told comics legend Gail Simone that they tried so hard to make Lara Croft canonically gay.

+ After the Scarlett Johansson backlash, Rub and Tug will now be a series with a trans character played by a trans actor and written by a trans writer. (Now, was that so hard?)

+ Pose creator Steven Canals is working on a new project for FX: “a limited series exploring the historic effort by a group of medical professionals to change the definition homosexuality from being classified as a mental illness.”

+ Melanie Scrofano says Wynonna Earp‘s gonna “come out swinging” in season four.

+ COVID-19 is happening on Grey’s Anatomy

+ Netflix cancels If Only after the Turkish government refused to grant them a filming license because the script had a gay character.

+ CBS All Access critical darling The Good Fight will begin airing some episodes on BET next week.

+ CBC renewed Burden of Truth for a fourth season.

+ Lena Waithe has written the latest version of a script for the musical drama Talent Show, which will star Cynthia Erivo, and which Natalie says allows her to move firmly back onto Team Love Is a Lie.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She’s a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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