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like america. nearly 14% of president biden's federal agency appointees identify as llesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. in the next hour, we'll speak with out members of the administration about their historic platform and what president biden is doing to advance the rights of the lgbtq community. they include transportation secretary pete buttigieg, the first out gay senate-confirmed cabinet member. keely tobar, the first out members of the white house communication staff. the assistant secretary for health, dr. rachel levine, the first transgender federal official confirmed by the senate. ned price, the first ever out gay state department spokesperson. and at the end of the hour, we'll meet reggie grier, the senior adviser on lgbtq plus issues in the white house.
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this is what it means to be seen and heard. biden employees have tremendous influence over the direction of lgbt legislation. the impact of policies on lgbtq lives is best understood by those within the community. and these officials work on more than what we might consider traditional lgbtq issues. they're in health care, the epa, and the small business administration. lgbtq people are at almost every table, because we're bank accounted by every policy decision this white house makes. so let's get started. in 2019, pete buttigieg was the first out gay candidate to run for a democratic presidential nomination. he eventually became the first openly lgbtq person of any party to earn a delegate and win a state caucus or primary. now he is the first out lgbtq person to be confirmed by the senate to a cabinet level
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position. quite a change from the lavender scare of the 1950s, after president eisenhower issued an executive order that purged the government of homosexuals as national security threats. secretary buttigieg's confirmation firmly shut the door ton that past, but his appointment now sends a very different message to lgbtq people. you, too, can serve your country in any capacity that you have the qualifications to hold. >> your appointment is historic. you're the first out lgbtq person who has been confirmed by the united states senate. what does that mean -- this is a several-part question. first, what does that mean to you, personally? >> well, it means a lot. knowing that this hasn't been possible in the past. that someone like me, doing a job like this, might have been viewed as laughable. you know, within my lifetime.
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just a few years ago. i remember when i was young seeing an appointee for an ambassadorship in the clinton administration not even get to vote because he was gay. and being able to be here and represent that progress, not that the work is done, but to represent that, it means a great deal. >> what does it mean to the community, to the lgbtq community, our community? >> well, what i hope it means to the community is that there is one less barrier to belonging. and that me doing this particular role has meaning for people, even if they never want to or care to be a cabinet officer or work in transportation, but in whatever world they're in, in their profession, in their community, in their family, that the president of the united states saying somebody like me belongs at the table he's setting in the cabinet is a symbol of the
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extent to which they belong or ought to belong at whatever table they care about. >> what does your appointment and your confirmation say to the world about america? >> well, look, around the world, lgbtq equality is uphill in a lot of places. i think it means a lot to be able to see that in what is the leading country, by at least many measures in the world, has a senior official in this role. i don't mean to overstate it. nor does it represent the end of the journey here in the u.s. or anywhere else, but i hope it's one more piece of evidence that the movement around this country towards equality is part of a different story. that people can look to as a source of encouragement. >> in a recent interview, you said, everything touches transportation, including civil
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rights. how so? >> a lot of people when they think of civil rights, they rightly think of the courts, the judicial system. if they're thinking of any department in the federal government, it's probably the department of justice. but if you think of civil rights history just for a minute, rosa parks, right, what touched off the montgomery bus boycott in that stage of the civil rights movement had to do with equitable access to transportation. you go back further in our history, plessey versus ferguson in the late 19th century. that was about who gets to sit where on a train car. and discrimination based on race. and what we're finding is that a lot of decisions that weren't originally thought of as racial justice decisions, like, where does a highway go? it turns out there was a lot of racial justice at stake then, because a lot of highways went through routes that tore up black neighborhoods or divided black from white, physically, in a community. even in our vocabulary, when we say racially loaded afraid like, wrong side of the tracks, that's a transportation metaphor.
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and so every decision we make about transportation has something to do with justice, whether we see it or not. i'm trying to get people to see it more. >> how important is it for the equality act to pass? >> well, it's incredibly important. the equality act makes it a matter of federal law, that you can't be discriminated against in these ways. and i think the struggle for the equality act is a reminder that marriage equality, while it was a watershed moment and an extraordinary thing that made an enormous difference in our lives is not the end of the story. people still fear losing their home, losing their profession. and that's got to change. and that's got to change for everybody. you know, the struggles that are faced by different members of that alphabet community, in particular trans women of color right now, warrant a federal response. and it's been really moving and really meaningful to see the president take actions like the executive orders, like the trans
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day visibility, letting people know that he has their back. but we've got to let people know that that support is enshrined in federal law. >> what's the response been to you and chastan. again, you're an out gay cabinet official. you are -- you and your husband, you get out, you walk around, what's been the response to you from washington? particularly from lgbtq washington? >> it's been incredibly welcoming. and you know, we didn't set out to ary here as symbols. we arrived here as people, as a couple, with our dogs settling into a new job and a new neighborhood. but people have responded to us as both. you know, as human beings who walk by and folks have been great. and as a symbol of change and growth and acceptance. so it's been -- you know, it's especially moving when somebody
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stops me and just lets me know what our story means to them. >> what would you tell your 13-year-old self if you could -- if you could have -- if you could turn back time -- >> there has to be a shared and a private conversation. >> what would you tell yourself? >> i guess hang in there. i mean, at 13, i was beginning to understand that i was different -- no, not understand. i was beginning to perceive that i was different and not understand. and the understanding that i had to gather was the task of years and years and i guess, it would have been nice to hear, there's nothing wrong with you. just hang in there.
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but, you know, things worked out great for me. i know not every teen who's realizing that they're different can say that. and so what i really want is, you know, 13-year-old pete came out all right. i want to make sure 13-year-old who-you-are out there knows to hang in there. that not to say it will be easy, but there's a lot of people rooting for you. including the president. and people like me. >> i've interviewed you many, many times and there's only one other time i've seen you like this, and that is when i asked you about criticism of your marriage to chastan. but in that answer, i don't know if anyone can see it, but you're emotional in that answer. what is it about looking back on where you were and where you are
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now that moves you so much? >> well, i guess it's the relationship between where i am now and where i was then, right? i mean, for me at 13 -- for anybody at 13, you don't know where you fit. you don't now where you belong, and most importantly, you don't know whether you're going to be okay. now, life is full of uncertainty, beginning-to-end. and as an adult, there's still uncertainty and you still don't always know where you fit and whether you're going to be okay. but i have all of the advantages now of being pretty clear on where i fit in the world and having all the advantages, as well as the pressures that come with the role that i'm in. but a teenager doesn't. the middle school, high school, those are scary places.
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when you're gay. they're scary places when you're not gay, you know. and so anything that makes me think about, you know, navigating that part of life makes me think about the stakes of taking care of young people, even from a distance. even just in a words and actions that young people see on the part of people, including or especially politicians, who have no idea that their words and actions are shaping the lives of young people. >> pete buttigieg, 19th secretary of transportation, thank you very much. >> thank you. good being with you. coming up on "pride of the white house," she's helping lead the fight against the coronavirus. my conversation with dr. rachael lavine, the highest ranking out trans person to ever serve in the federal government. and next, the lesbian women
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it's a real honor to be standing, to just be standing here today. it doesn't -- you know -- i appreciate the historic nature. i really do. clearly, the president believes in representation matters. >> that was principle deputy press secretary karine jean-pierre last month, holding her first official white house press briefing. it was an historic moment. karine jean-pierre became only the second black woman to hold a white house press briefing and the first out gay one. she was named to president biden's all-female communications team last year alongside another queer woman of color, peely tobar, white house
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communications director. >> karine jean-pierre, peely tobar, thank you very much for coming on this special and for allowing us to be here. >> well, thank you so much for coming. it's good to see you. it's always good to see you. >> it's wonderful to be here with you. and peely, i'll start with you, and just ask the simple question. for you, coming through those gates every morning, what's it like for you? >> i think, first of all, it never gets old, right? also, the weight of all of the people that you're carrying on your shoulders is pretty clear on a day-to-day basis. but, you know, there's so much work to do that at times it's just a rush, rush to get in, because there's not a minute to spare. but obviously, the significance of it, as a latina, as a queer woman, as a mother, all of those things come into play when you think about all of the work that we have ahead to help the american people. >> karine, this isn't your first rodeo. >> it's not. >> you've been in the white
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house before, in the obama/biden administration. for you to come back in the biden/harris administration, what has it meant to you? >> it means so much. i mean, this is the first time -- well, this is the second time, i should say, that i'm getting to work for another historic administration. i think about coming into the white house, walking through the west wing, as a black queer immigrant, and what that means. what that means to me, what that means to so many other people. and also being a mom, so you have that added weight of what does that mean to my little one. especially when she gets older and she really realizes what we've done these last couple of years and what this administration is going to be all about or is all about. so that is definitely has a much more kind of personal, powerful feeling for me, every time i walk in through those gates, for sure. >> one of the things that i've heard you say, karine, many times, but also the president say on the campaign trail,
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representation matters. that he wanted to have an administration that looked like and represented america. and not just in terms of race or ethnicity, but also when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity. has it -- well, one, what's the administration doing overall? and two, is it doing enough? >> look, i think this is an administration, and we say this all the time, and we say it proudly, which is, this is the most diverse administration ever in any presidency. and that is something that was purposeful. when you say representation matters or when we say representation matters, when we talk about policies or strategy, it's important to have those voices around the table. do we have more work to do? absolutely. we'll always admit that we have more work to do. but this president has been incredibly purposeful and incredibly mindful on what he wants his administration to look like. and that is to reflect what this country looks like.
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>> go ahead,p. >> the thing to note there, jonathan, too, is this isn't just -- yes, of course, representations matters. and you can see it across the entire government. not just here at the white house, but at all the different agencies, we have lgbtq plus people throughout the entire government, fulfilling roles that are also not just lgbtq plus specific. because we are not just around to fulfill that niche of a role. we have a variety of different experiences in other areas. and this administration has been very purposeful in placing those people, those experts, who are also lgbtq plus in the right positions. and just making sure that that is the way that we are approaching our goals and ideals when it comes to equity and when it comes to fairness. is not just yes to the people that we have there, but through the experiences that they bring to the table, as we move policies forward.
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>> for all people watching at home, especially young people, i want you to know your president has you back. >> why was it so important if the president to not just show he, you know, supports the community through appointments, but to use those word in such a -- in his first big speech as president to the nation. >> look, these are words that we have never heard come out of a president's mouth, in specific, in a type of address like that one. we've seen the amount of violence against transgendered people for years. i've worked a lot with seeing violence on transgendered immigrants, as well, and what they're suffering coming into our country. and so -- and we see a lot of transgender kids who either don't have the support or don't have somebody telling them, there is nothing wrong with you. there is nothing wrong with you, you are beautiful, you are loved, and yes, your president your back. so that is important. many of us maybe didn't hear it
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in our own coming out processes. many did. but we need to make sure that transgender individuals, lgbtq plus individuals across the entire country understand that their government supports them, that their president supports them, and that we are purposefully working every day to make their lives better. and that these are not just empty word. >> so go back to when you're 16, what would you tell yourself? >> it's such a hard question to answer. it's hard to think about going back that far, because it was just a different time. and there was a lot of sadness, there was a lot of confusion, there was a lot of like, you know, who am i and do i deserve to be here. and it's an incredibly tough. and so i think about, what would i say to myself? you know, i think it's just continuing to say, follow your dreams, follow your heart, things will get better.
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and, you know, it won't be easy, because that's the truth. and you'll go up -- you know, you'll have -- you know, there'll be bumpy roads, but at the end of it, you know, you will succeed. and you'll still be loved. >> well, first, i would tell her, honey, you're gay, because i don't think she had realized it at the time. and it's all going to be okay. right? like, you, again, repeating the same word. you are loved. there's nothing wrong with you. and your drive and the people around you, the support of your family, of your friends, won't go away. you'll be able to go on through life and do -- go to things to teach your daughter, yes, by the way, you will one day have a daughter, to teach her the importance of public service. so i think i would want to convey to her one, a sense of security. two, to get her to understand
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maybe even earlier on how much public service was important. to me at that age. and three, just, you know, go through your path. enjoy life. meet the people you're going to meet. always be kind to others and things will fall in their place for you to be able to do something that you love, but that is also greatly impactful. but don't forget that you are -- you are carrying the lives and experiences of a lot of people with you, as you go through. >> karine jean-pierre, deputy principle white house press secretary, thank you very much. peely tobar, deputy communications director for the white house, thank you very much for coming on this special. >> thanks, jonathan. >> thank you. after our conversation, karine jean-pierre gave me a tour of the white house briefing room and explained what it felt like to stand behind that iconic
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podium. >> so this is where it happened? >> this is where it happened. do you want to step up and -- >> may i? >> you may. yeah, i think you may. >> so the importance of this, you were only the second black woman, but the first black woman in 30 years to helm a white house press briefing. what was that like? >> so it's -- you know, it's so funny, because i think -- i don't think i fully processed it quite yet. i mean, honestly, jonathan, for me it was just doing my job, right? for me, it was, you know, i was given this opportunity by the president, who, you know, who believes that representation matters, if you think about it in all of that context, and just to do my job. and, you know, the way that we see all of this is it's not about the podium, it's not about the room. it's not about the building. and i think i said this that day. it's about the american people. it's about communicating and
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conveying what the president, what his priorities are, what it is he wants to do on behalf of the american people, talking to the press that is here and then also, the american people who are watching. and just being, you know, doing it with leading with facts. doing that, you know, being accurate and truthful. and that's what -- that is what i was thinking about. it was like, okay, you know, how am i going to present this in a way that represents him well, but also really speaks directly to the american public. >> but there was another first, and this is a true first. you're the first out lesbian and the first out queer woman to do this. >> yeah. >> what message does that send to the country? and to the lgbtq plus community? >> look. i think if you look at this administration in less than 200 days in its totality and what we have done, it is really in -- we talked about this earlier.
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it is really about meeting the moment. it is really about making sure that representation matters in a real way. not just talking about it, but doing it. seeing me behind this podium, showing, you know, all of the things that this president has said about representation, right? having that diverse cashr cabinet. having a diverse white house. it was powerful. clearly, it was a powerful, wonderful moment. and it was an honor for me to be here. it's an honor for me to be back in this white house. and to be able to behind this podium. >> up next, president biden has called her an historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead the administration's health efforts. dr. rachael lavine, the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the senate joins us next. deral official to be confirmed by the senate joins us next.
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for years, dr. rachel levine has faced questions and far
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worse for people who choose to focus on her as a transgender woman rather than a doctor. last year, as pennsylvania's secretary of health, dr. levine responded to one of those questions saying, quote, my only reaction is that i am going to stay, no matter what happens, laser focused on protecting the public health. she answered like a public health professional, not a transgender advocate. now, as president biden's assistant secretary of health and human services, she gets to be both. dr. rachel levine made history in march, as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the u.s. senate. part of her mission, not to be the last. >> you are the first out transgender person confirmed by the united states senate to a federal government post. what does that mean to you? >> well, it's very gratifying. i am honored and humbled to have
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been nominated by the president to this position and to have been confirmed by the senate, in a bipartisan vote, for this position. and it serves to motivate me even more in my work, in medicine and public health. >> and you were the health secretary for the commonwealth of pennsylvania, one of the focuses you had there was the opioid epidemic. you've brought that you here, no? >> that is correct. so there are a number of different priorities that we have. number one would be covid-19. so -- >> of course. >> we are still in the middle of the biggest pandemic that we have seen in over a hundred years. and we are making so much progress under the president's leadership. and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we're not there yet. and we cannot afford to be complacent. >> let me get your thoughts on another epidemic. 40 years ago this month, the
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first reported cases of aids showed up in the cdc monitoring report. 40 years is a long time and especially when certainly at the beginning of what we now know is this epidemic, it didn't seem like we -- actually, it seems like we would have lost an entire generation, particularly an entire generation of gay men, and yet through science, medications, a lot of folks who were diagnosed 40 years ago are still with us. your thoughts on this 40th anniversary? >> sure. i think it's very, very meaning ful and i think we have to reflect on the challenges that we have faced during that time. the challenges that many different communities have faced and our successes. so i have an interesting perspective on this. so i was in medical school 40 years ago. and i started my pediatric
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residency program at mt. sinai hospital in 1983. and we have made so much progress in terms of prevention and treatment for hiv and aids -- hiv-related illnesses and aids. but we're not there yet either. we have more work to do on reaching vulnerable communities to make sure that the advances that we have made in medicine get to the people who need them most. >> there are moments in your confirmation that weren't -- i'll use the word -- weren't terribly cool. some of the questions you were asked and the comments that you faced. how did you deal with that? >> well, i learned a long time ago in my medical career to compartmentalize and to focus on what is happening in the moment and to be mindful of what is happening in the moment. so clinically, when you're taking care of patients, you really have to be mindful of their needs and the family's needs. and so i was able to focus on
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the question, focus on my answers, and be able to work through my hearing. >> and what do you think it means to the world, the message it send to the world, that the president of the united states would appoint you, an out transgender person, to a high federal post? >> i think it demonstrates his commitment to fairness, equality, and to equity. i mean, we have such a opportunity with the president that is so committed to equality and so supportive of our lgbtq community. he has spoken very publicly about this, including in front of congress. i think it means a lot to hear the transgender youth to hear the president of the united states say, i have your back. and he is saying that to our country and to the world. >> where were you when he said
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those words? >> so i was sitting at home watching tv when i heard those words. and it meant so much to hear the president of the united states support our community and particularly to support the vulnerable youth in our community. >> did you know they were coming? had you had any idea? or were you as blown away as i was? because as soon as he said it, i tweeted it out immediately. >> i don't tweet, but i was -- i was as blown away as you were. >> as an out gay man, i have had my journey to coming out. i have read that your journey to coming out as transgender started in your 50s, or you came out in your 50s. for someone who might be watch ing, what message would you give them about how soon, how fast they should come out? >> i think that's a very individual decision.
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i don't think that it is for me to tell anybody else about someone else's journey. i think that everybody comes to a realization about themselves and who they are in their own pace. >> what would you tell your 20-year-old self? and if you could go back in time and talk to 20-year-old dr. levine -- well, not yet dr. levine, what would you say to her? >> i guess i would say that it's all worthwhile. so all the extremely hard work and studying and efforts through medical school is all work. i think i would tell that person to be comfortable with who they are. and to be mindful of the present momentum. you know, as working, going through the different aspects of your life. >> dr. levine, the human rights
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campaign has declared 2021 to be on track to becoming, quote, the worst year for anti-lgbtq legislation in recent history. why are transgender americans the focal point of so much elm enmity in the states right now? >> i think a lot of that is political. that is precipitating some of the very challenging and difficult bills in many of the states. it's so hard to see these bills which target transgender youth. transgender youth are vulnerable. they're vulnerable to bullying and harassment. and, you know, they need to be supported and to be advocated for and not to have bills that limit their participation and activities in such and such sports. and the most egregious bills are the ones that prohibit their accessing gender-affirming care. trans kids, when they're
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supported and nurtured and received evidence-based state of the art medical care do really, really well. and so these bills actually are going to harm people. >> assistant secretary dr. rachel levine, thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up, ned price speaks for america. literally. he also just made lgbtq history at the state department and joins us after the break. state joins us after the break this may look like a regular movie night. but if you're a kid with diabetes, it's more. it's the simple act of enjoying time with friends, knowing you understand your glucose levels. ♪♪ this is cynthia suarez, cfo of go-go foodco., an online food delivery service. business was steady, until... gogo-foodco. go check it out. whaatt?! overnight, users tripled. which meant hiring 20 new employees and buying 20 new laptops. so she used her american express business card, which gives her more membership rewards points
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for the atlantic council for global issues facing the lgbtq community, including the importance of flying flags, not just here, but also abroad. >> our ambassadors, whoever's in charge, have the authority to fly the pride flag. this is, again, the strength and the power of our own example. the willingness to speak up, to speak out, to show the strength of our own diversity, including in our embassies, i think, sends a usually important message. >> lgbtq visibility is more than symbolic at the state department. ned price is the first out gay spokesperson for the state department, serving under secretary blinken. as recently as 1995, members of the lgbtq community were ineligible for security clearance. that year, then president clinton reversed the ban, ending what was effectively government-sanctioned discrimination against queer
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people. now, ned price is america's voice to the world, speaking out on all areas of international policy and diplomacy as a critical member of the biden state department. >> ned price, thank you for having us here at state department. >> glad to have you. >> in february, president biden announced that he was issuing a presidential memorandum that laid out new policies for u.s. diplomats to promote and protect the rights of lgbtq people around the world. and the president said, quote, we'll assure we'll combatting criminalization and protecting the lgbtq refugees and asylum seekers. why was it important or why is it important for the president of the united states to say that? >> it sends a signal that is so profoundly important. the united states is on the side of human rights when it comes to lgbtq plus people around the world. we'll be watching and we'll be supporting. we will be doing what we can to
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aid these communities, especially where they face persecution, where they face discrimination, where they face violence. >> you just said, "we'll be watching." to me, that sounds like there will be consequences if nations don't do right by lgbtqi plus people around the world. what would those consequences be? >> there will be consequences. in fact, we have a number of tools at our disposal. sanctions is one of them. the united states has used sanctions to good affect. not as an end in themselves, but as a means to an end. an opportunity, a lever to press governments around the world to do the right thing. and in this cas, protecting the rights of lgbtqi plus communities is the right thing. if we see a government that is systemically allowing discrimination or worse yet, that is systemically endorsing discrimination, persecution, violence against this community, we'll be prepared to act.
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>> from here, from the podium behind you, you regularly talk about instances where the lgbtqi plus community is being harmed in some way around the world. why is it important to you to do that? >> i recognize that every time i get behind that podium, i'm not speaking for myself. i'm not offering personal opinions. i'm speaking on behalf of the united states government. i'm speaking on behalf of the state department. i'm speaking on behalf of president biden. i'm speaking on behalf of this administration. but i also recognize there is important symbolism and meaning in having someone like me speaking on behalf of this government. i will tell you, when my name was announced for this role, i heard from friends, i heard from many people i didn't know around the world. and in fact, many of the people who flooded my twitter dms were members of the lgbtqi community around the world. some were, i would say, quite
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happy. some were, in fact, in shock. not believing that someone like me could speak on behalf of a government like ours. the most powerful country in the world, the leader of the free world, that i would be the person speaking to u.s. foreign policy. it's an important symbol and one that perhaps i didn't quite fully recognize until i started to get those messages. but now i understand the import of it. i understand that when i'm here speaking i'm communicating on behalf of the government but i'm also sending a very important signal around the world. >> do you know the name frank hamany? >> i do know the name. >> i bring him up because he's the former astronomer who was at the united states army map service. he was fired in 1956 for being gay. at the time the united states was operating under an order from then president eisenhower that basically considered being lesbian or gay a national
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security threat. i bring all this up because your résumé is spectacular when you know that history of our country. what does it say about our country but also about the movement, the lgbtq civil rights movement that we can go from frank hamany being fired for being gay to you -- because he was considered a national security threat -- to you? >> well, it's a remarkable journey. but i also want to make one point clear. frank hamany was fired in the 1950s. he could have been fired if he were in that role in the 1990s. it wasn't until 1995 when it was no longer permissible for the government to dismiss lgbtq employees just because of who they are or who they loved. and that to me is so remarkable. >> last question for you, and that's this. what would you tell your
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13-year-old self if you could go back and have a talk with little man price? what would you tell him about what his future would be? >> you wouldn't believe it. you wouldn't believe it. it wasn't all that long ago, again, just some 20-some odd years ago if i had stumbled at the right place at the right time i wouldn't have fallen into a dream job. i would have fallen into -- into an opportunity that wouldn't have been available to me. and that good fortune is not my own doing. it's because of those who have come before me and those who have stood up, those who have fought for equal rights and dignity. and today i'm just so fortunate and grateful to be able to take advantage of that good work. >> ned price, chief spokesperson for the state department, thank you very much.
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>> thank you. up next, the senior white house advisor for lgbtq engagement, reggie greer. we'll be right back. , reggie grr we'll be right back. lar. until always discreet invented a pad that protects differently. with two rapiddry layers. for strong protection, that's always discreet. question your protection. try always discreet. for people living with h-i-v, keep being you. and ask your doctor about biktarvy. biktarvy is a complete, one-pill, once-a-day treatment used for h-i-v in certain adults. it's not a cure, but with one small pill, biktarvy fights h-i-v to help you get to and stay undetectable. that's when the amount of virus is so low it cannot be measured by a lab test. research shows people who take h-i-v treatment every day
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before we leave you tonight i want to introduce you to one more person, reggie greer, senior white house advisor for lgbtq plus engagement. reggie, welcome to the special. >> hi, jonathan, how are you? >> it is great to see you again. before we go and before the special you have to show us will you tell me what does representation mean to you especially in this white house? >> absolutely. well, at the 100-day mark president biden announced his administration is made up of 14% lgbtq plus people, and for a president of the united states to announce that was for me a person who is black, born with a disability queer, really touched me. it made me realize how much this
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president values lgbtq voices but is looking to advance equality throughout the country. so representation for me means a better government. lgbtq plus people like anygroup of americans are looking for people in government who share their values, who will fight for them each and every day, who will bring their voices, their stories to important policy conversations. and over the past 140-plus days this president and this vice president, they've done that. >> so, reggie, you are here also because you have something very special to show us. >> i do. so president biden has taken a whole of government approach to advancing equality, and that is demonstrated through the many actions of the agencies throughout the federal government who are revising guidances and releasing policies that reflect the will of the people, which is that they believe that lgbtq plus people should not be discriminated
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against in any form or fashion. so here are the people who are working very hard each and every day to advance equality throughout government. and as you look you see a vast diversity of folks who are fighting each and every day on behalf of our community. again, this is only a small fraction of the 14% who are proud lgbtq plus people, who are fighting for our community and fighting for all americans. >> well, reggie greer, thank you for being here and for your service. and more importantly to the people here on this screen, thank you very much for coming on this special but also your service to our country. >> thank you, friends. >> pride is about being visible. it's a symbol of awareness. so remember whether you're part
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of the lgbtq community or you're an ally, be aware year-round because as queer people we live and breathe pride 365 days a year, and you can too. i'm jonathan capehart. have a good night and happy pride. this is an msnbc special series. >> together we will begin the next great chapter in the american story! >> the time for games has passed. now is the season for action. >> yes, we can! yes, we can! yes, we can! >> you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do.

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