Biden hosts Pride Month celebration at White House, voices LGBTQ+ supportWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed hundreds to the White House on Saturday for a delayed Pride Month celebration aimed at showing LGBTQ+ people that his administration has their back at a time when advocates are warning of a spike in discriminatory legislation, particularly aimed at the transgender community, sweeping through statehouses.
The event, which the administration described as the largest Pride event hosted at the White House, was initially scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed because of poor air quality from hazardous air flowing in from Canadian wildfires. But the haze that blanketed a huge swath of the East Coast this past week had lifted over the nation’s capital, allowing the president and first lady Jill Biden to hold their South Lawn party.
“So today, I want to send a message to the entire community — especially to transgender children: You are loved. You are heard. You’re understood. And you belong,” Biden said.
Trans activist Rose Montoya apologizes for taking top off at the White House Pride event [Too Late]
USA Today: Model Rose Montoya apologized for taking off her top at a White House LGBTQ Pride event in a new video shared online.
The White House announced Wednesday that the transgender activist would no longer be invited to future events for taking her top off at the celebration on the South Lawn over the weekend. Images and footage of a topless Montoya covering her breasts with her hands circled social media soon after the event.
"I alongside other powerful voices in the queer and trans communities were invited to be represented, seen and heard in a unique and very special way," the 27-year-old said. "In a quick moment of fleeting and overwhelming trans joy, I decided to do something unbecoming of a guest of the president."
Montoya added that she also did not intend for her moment of trans joy to be weaponized by "vile people of the opposition."
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned Montoya's action during a briefing Tuesday, calling the display inappropriate and disrespectful.
“The behavior was simply unacceptable. We’ve been very clear about that," Jean-Pierre said. “It was unfair to the hundreds of attendees who were there to celebrate their families."
My Note: When President Biden has another opportunity to help the Transgender community what will come to mind? The hundreds that came and respected him or the one the right-wing media has used to further embarrass him? Lets be smart in our dress, words, and actions.