White House press secretary Karien Jean-Pierre is being honored for her work as the first Black and openly LGBTQ+ member in the role. LA-based nonprofit, Outfest, will be awarding her with its highest honor.
The Inaugural Achievement Award for Press and Media recognizes Jean-Pierre for her work, The award is a high honor within the organization and acknowledges the LGBTQ+ community’s presence in the media.
“Outfest is thrilled to recognize the continued contributions of Karine Jean-Pierre for her barrier breaking and historic achievement in Press and Media,” Outfest board co-president Nii-Quartelai Quartey said in a statement. “Throughout her career, the Black and LGBTQ+ community has been reminded of what is possible. Our fellow Americans have been reminded of our humanity and inherent dignity. Our Outfest Press Fellows have been inspired.”
The award presentation will take place on closing night of the 41st Outfest Los Angeles Summer Festival, presented by Genesis Motor America and Warner Bros. Discovery.