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we understood he had to walk a tight rope. >> daddy was a kenyan. makes him an illegal president. >> clearly you can question my policies without questioning my faith. or for that matter, my citizenship. i'm jonathan. and welcome to the msnbc special "pride of the white house." tonight is a celebration of being visible. for lgbtq people, visibility has been a cornerstone for the fight. there is incredible power in being seen and heard. and president biden has lifted up lgbtq voices like no other white house. building an administration that, in the words of one biden
official, looks like america. nearly 14% of president biden's federal agency appointees identify as lesbian, gay, buy sexual, transgender or queer. we will talk about what president biden is doing to advance the rights of the lgbtq community. they include pete buttigieg, the first out gay senate confirmed cabinet member. the first out lgbtq members of the white house communications staff. the assistant secretary for health, dr. rachel levine. ned price, the first ever outgay state department spokesperson. and at the end of the hour, we'll meet reggie greer, the senior adviser on lgbtq issues in the white house. this is what it means to be seen
and heard. biden appointees have tremendous influence over the direction of the administration, so it's essential that lgbtq voices are at the table. allies are invaluable. but 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 impacted by every policy decision this white house makes. so let's get started. in 2019, pete buttigieg was the first outgay candidate to run for a democratic presidential nomination. he eventually became the first openly gay person of any party to earn a delegate and win. now he's the first out gay
person to be confirmed by the senate to a cabinet level position. quite a change from the lavendar scare of the 1950s after president eisenhower issued an executive order that purged the government of homosexuals has national security threats. his appointment now sends a very different message to lgbtq people. you, too, can serve your country in any capacity 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, you know, 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 just a few years ago. i remember when i was young seeing an appointee for ambassadorship in the clinton administration not even get a vote because he was gay. 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 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 bigger story that people can look to as a source of encouragement. >> you said, quote, everything touches transportation, including civil rights.
how so? >> yeah. a lot of people when they think civil rights they rightly think of the courts, the judicial system. they're probably thinking of the department of justice. but if you think about civil rights history for a minute, rosa parks, right? what touched off the montgomery busboy cot had to do with equitable access to transportation. go back further in our history 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 is a lot of racial injustice 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 your vocabulary when we say racially loaded phrase like wrong side of the tracks.
that's a transportation issue. 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 is incredibly important. the equality act makes it a matter of federal law that you can't be discriminated against in these ways. i think the struggle is a reminder that marriage equality, while it was a watershed moment and an extraordinary difference and made a lot of difference in our personal lives is not exactly 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 the federal response, and it's been really movable and really
meaningful to see the president take actions like the executive orders, like the trans visibility. but now we have to let people know that that support is in federal law. >> what has the response been to you? again, you and your husband, you get out. you walk around. what's been the response to you from washington? particularly from lgbtq washington. >> you know, it's been incredibly welcoming. we didn't set out to arrive here as symbols. we arrived with our dogs and settling in a new neighborhood. but people responded to us as both, as human beings who walk by and as a symbol of change and of growth and acceptance. so it's been -- you know, it is
especially moving when somebody 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? >> well, there has to be a -- >> 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 is nothing wrong with you. just hang in there.
but, you know, things worked out great for me. i know not every teen who is 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 whoever you are out there knows to hang in there, that -- not to say it will be easy, but a lot of people rooting for you, including the president and people like me. >> i have interviewed you many, many times. and there is only one other time i have seen you like this, and that was when i asked you about criticism of your marriage to chastin, but in that answer, i don't know if anyone can see it, but you're emotional in that answer. what -- what is it about looking back on where you were and where
you are 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 know where you're going to belong. and most importantly, you don't know where you are going to be okay. now, life is full of uncertainty beginning to end and as an adult there is still uncertainty and you still don't always know where you fit and whether you are going to be okay, but i have all 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 that. but a teenager doesn't. the middle school, high school, those are scary places 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 and taking care of young people even from a distance, even just the words and actions that young people see on the part of people, including especially politicians who have no idea that their words and actions are shaping the lives of young people. >> pete buttigieg, secretary of transportation, thank you very much. >> good to be with you. coming up on "pride at the white house," she's helping lead the fight against the coronavirus. the highest ranking outtrans person to ever serve in the federal government.
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it's a real honor 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 principal deputy press secretary last month holding her first official white house press briefing. it was a historic moment. she became only the second black woman to hold the 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. >> thank you very much for coming on this special and more allowing us to be here. >> well, thank you. >> thank you so much for coming. it is good to see you. it is always good to see you. >> wonderful to be here with you. i'll start with you and just ask the simple question. for you coming through those gates every morning, what is it like for you? >> well, i think first of all it never gets old, right? also the weight of all the people that you are carrying on your shoulders is pretty clear on a day-to-day basis. but, you know, there is so much work to do that at times it is just a rush rush to get in because there is not a minute to spare. the significance of it as a latina, as a queer woman, as a mother, all of those things come to mind. >> this isn't your first rodeo. >> not my first rodeo.
>> you have been in the white 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. this is the second time that i'm getting to work for another historic administration. 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 realizes what we've done these last couple of years and what this administration is all about. that definitely has a much more kind of personal powerful feeling for me every time i walk in through those gates for sure. >> you know, one of the things that i have heard you say many times, but also the president say on the campaign trail that
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. 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. we say it proudly. this is the most diverse administration ever, in any presidency. that was something that was purposeful. when you say representation matters or when you say representation matters when we talk about policies or we talk about strategy, it is important to have those voices around the table. do we have more work to do? absolutely. we will always admit 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. >> go ahead. >> i wanted to note there jonathan, too, that this isn't just -- yes, of course representation matters. you can see it across the entire government, not just here at the white house but on all the different agencies. we have lgbtq plus people throughout the entire government fulfilling roles not just lgbtq plus specific because we are not just around to fulfill that role. we have a variety of different experiences in other areas. and this administration has been very purposeful about 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. it is not just yes to the people that we have there but to the experiences they bring to the table as we move policies
forward. >> all transgender americans watching at home, i want you to know your president has your back. >> why was it so important for the president to not just show he, you know, supports the community through appointments but to use those words in such a -- in his first big speech as president to the nation? >> these are words that we have never heard come out of a president's mouth. and specific in a type of address like that one. we have seen the amount of violence against transgendered people for years. i worked a lot with seeing violence on transgender immigrants as well and what they're suffering coming into our country. we see a lot of transgender kids that 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 has
your back. yes, that is important. many didn't hear that coming out. many did. we need to be sure that transgender individuals across the entire country understand that their government supports them, that their president supporting them and that we are purposefully working every day to make their lives better and that these are not just empty words. >> so go back to 16 or 13 or even 5. what would you tell yourself? >> i have to tell you it is such a hard question to answer. it is 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 is a lot of like, you know, who am i and do i deserve to be here? and there is a -- it is 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 and, you know, it won't be easy because that's the truth and you'll go up. you'll have, you know, there will be bumpy roads, but at the end of it, you will succeed. and you will 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 words. you are loved. there is 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 will be able to go on through life and do good things to teach your daughter. yes, by the way, you will one day have a daughter to teach her the importance of public service. i think i would want to convey to her, one, a sense of security. two, to get her to understand
maybe even earlier on how much public service was important to me at that age and, three, just, you know, go through your path and enjoy life. meet the people you are 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 the experiences of a lot of people with you as you go through. >> deputy principal white house press secretary, thank you very much. deputy communications director for the white house. thank you both very much for coming on this special. >> thanks, john. >> thank you. after our conversation, we got a tour of the white house briefing room and explained what it felt like to stand behind
that iconic podium. >> so this is where it happened. >> this is where it happened. want to step up? >> 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? >> 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 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, you know, it is not about the podium. it is not about the room. it is not about the building. and i think i said this that day. it is about the american people, right? it is about communicating and
conveying with the president what his priorities are, what it is that 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, leading with facts but doing that. being accurate and truthful. that is what i was thinking about. okay. how am i going to present this in a way that represents him well, but also really, you know, speaks directly to the american public. >> but there is another first. >> that's the other first. >> this is a true first. you are the first out lesbian and the first out queer woman to do this. what message does that send to the country and to the lgbtq plus community. >> i think if you look at this administration in less than 200 days in its totality and what we have done, we talked about this
earlier, 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, right? seeing me behind this podium seeing all of the things that this president has said about representation, right? having that diverse cabinet, having a diverse white house, so it was powerful. clearly it was a powerful, wonderful moment, and it was an honor. it is an honor for me to be here. it is an honor for me to be back in this white house and to be able to any chance i have to be behind this podium. up next, president biden has called her a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead the administration's health efforts. dr. rachel levine joins us next. made food a mystery. everything felt like a “no.” but then paul went from no to know. with freestyle libre 14 day,
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has faced questions and far worse from people who choose to focus on her as a transgender woman rather than a doctor. last year as pennsylvania secretary of health, dr. levine responded to those questions saying, my reaction is i'm going to say laser focussed on protecting the public health. she answered like a public health professional not like a transgender advocate. now 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. you know, i am honored and
humble to have 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 opoid epidemic. you brought that with you here, no? >> that is correct. so there are a number of different priorities we have. number one would be covid-19. >> of course. >> so we are still, you know, in the middle of the biggest pandemic that we have seen in over 100 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
first reported cases of aids were -- 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 -- it seemed 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 -- are still with us. your thoughts on this 40th anniversary. >> sure. i think it's very, very meaningful. and i think that we have to reflect on the challenges we have faced during that time, the challenges that many different communities have faced and in our successes. so i have an interesting perspective on this. i was in medical school 40 years ago. and i started my pediatric
residency program at mount sinai hospital in 1983. and we have made so much progress in terms of prevention and treatment for hiv and hiv-related illnesses. 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 focus on what is happening in the moment. and, so, when you are 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 the questions, focus on my answers and be able to, you know, work through. >> what do you think it means to the world, the message it sends to the world that the president of the united states would appoint you now 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 a president that is so committed to equality and so supportive of our lgbtq community. he has spoken very publically about this including in front of congress. i think it means a lot to transgender youth to hear the president of the united states say that i have your back, that he is saying that to our country and to the world. >> where were you when he said
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 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 watching, what message would you give them about how soon, how fast they should come out? >> i think that's a very individual decision.
i don't think that it is for me to tell anybody else about someone else's journey. i think that everybody comes to the realization about themselves and who they are in their own pace. >> what would you tell your 20-year-old self? if you could go back in time and talk to 20-year-old dr. levine. not yet dr. levine. what would you say to her? >> i guess i would say that it's all worthwhile. all the extremely hard work and studying and efforts through college and medical school and training is all worth it. i would think i would tell that person to be comfortable with who they are and to be mindful of the present moment, you know, as working, going through, you know, the different -- the different aspects of your life. >> the human rights 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 in the states right now? >> i think a lot of that is political. i think there are people who are using transgender individuals as a wedge issue, so that is precipitating some of the very challenging and difficult bills in many of the states. it is so hard to see these bills which target transgender youth. transgender youth are vulnerable. they're vulnerable to bullying and harassment, and they need to be supported and to be advocated for and not to have bills that limit their participation in activities such as sports. in the most egregious bills are the ones that prohibit their accessing gender affirming care.
trans kids when they are supported and nurtured and receive evidence-based medical care do really well. these bills will hurt people. >> 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. ak 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 on her business purchases. somebody ordered some laptops? cynthia suarez. cfo. mvp. get the card built for business. by american express.
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global issues facing the lgbtq community, including the importance of flying flags, not just here but also abroad. >> our ambassadors, whoever is in charge, have the authority to fly the pride flag. this is, again, the strength and power of our own example, the willingness to speak up, speak out to show the strength of our own diversity, including at our embassies shows an important message. >> visibility is more than symbolic at the state department. ned price is the first outgay 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 government-sanctioned
discrimination against queer 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 very much for having us here at the state department. >> you're welcome. 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. the president said, quote, we'll ensure diplomacy working to promote the rights of those individuals including by combatting criminalization and protecting refugees and asylum seekers. 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 lgbtqi people around the world. we will be watching and
supporting. we will be doing what we can to 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 in their countries or people around the world. what would those consequences be? >> there will be consequences. and, in fact, we have a number of tools at our disposal. sanctions is one of them. the united states has used sanctions to good effect. 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 case, protecting the rights of lgbtqu communities is the right thing. if we see a government that is systematically allowing discrimination or worse yet that is systematically endorsing discrimination, persecution,
violence against this community, we will be prepared to act. >> 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? >> well, look, i recognize that every time i get mind 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, 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 happy. some were 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 is an important symbol and it's one that perhaps i didn't quite fully recognize until i started to get those messages. t.
what would you tell your 13-year-old self if you could go back and have a talk with little ned price? what would you tell him about what his future would be? >> you wouldn't believe it. you wouldn't believe it. you know, it wasn't all that long ago. again, just 20-some odd years ago that if i add stumbled at the right place at the right time, i wouldn't have fallen into a dream job. i would have fallen in to -- to 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 beforewh me and those who have stood up. those who have fought for equal rights and dignity and today i'm 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. >> thank you. up next, the senior white house adviser for lgbtq engagement, reggie greer. we'll be right back. (vo) the subaru crosstrek. dog tested. dog approved. this isn't just a walk up the stairs. when you have an irregular heartbeat, it's more. it's dignity. the freedom to go where you want, knowing your doctor can watch over your heart. ♪♪
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♪ me and you singing in the park ♪ ♪ me and you, we're waiting for the dark ♪ before we leave you tonight, i want to introduce you to one more person, reggie greer, senior white house adviser for lgbtq plus engagement. welcome to the special. >> before we go and before the special thing 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 that 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, who's queer really touched me and made me realize how much this president not only values
lgbtq plus voices but is looking to advance equality throughout the country. so representation for me means a better government. lgbtq plus people like any group 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 and stories to important policy conversations and over the past 140 plus days, this president and this vice president, they have 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 they believe that lgbtq plus people should
not be discriminated against in any form or fashion. here are the people who are working throughout very hard each and every day. >> look at that. >> to advance equality throughout government. as you look, you see a vast diversity of folks who are 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, thank you for being here and for your service. 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 are part of the lgbtq community or
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