☷Readout of White House Roundtable with Lesbian Leaders to Celebrate Lesbian Day of Visibility
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Yesterday , in celebration of Lesbian Day of Visibility , the White House hosted a roundtable conversation with trailblazing lesbian and LGBTQI+ senior leaders from the White House and the broader Biden - Harris Administration . The roundtable included lesbian and queer advocates , community leaders , leaders across the federal government , several of whom are the first out lesbians to hold their position , including: Ambassador Chantale Wong , Director of the Asian Development Bank , who is the first out lesbian to be confirmed by the U . S . Senate to an ambassador post; Admiral Rachel Levine , Assistant Secretary for Health , who is a lesbian and the first openly transgender woman to achieve the rank the four - star admiral in any of the country’s uniformed services; White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean - Pierre; and Deputy White House Communications Director Pili Tobar . The roundtable was convened by White House Gender Policy Council Director Jennifer Klein . Participants discussed the unique barriers and challenges faced by lesbians and LGBTQI+ women , including barriers to health equity and reproductive justice; the impacts of anti - LGBTQI+ state legislation on the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian and LGBTQI+ girls; the effects of isolation and discrimination on lesbian older adults; and the economic justice and housing issues impacting lesbian women and couples . Participants highlighted that lesbians who are also women and girls of color , transgender women , women with disabilities , and older women face additional intersecting challenges to achieving economic security and full inclusion . Administration officials highlighted the actions the Biden Administration has taken to advance equity and visibility for lesbians and other LGBTQI+ women , and reaffirmed the President’s commitment to full equality for all lesbians and LGBTQI+ women and girls . External participants included:Charlotte Clymer , Transgender Activist , Military Veteran , and Board Member , LPAC Action NetworkDesireé Luckey , Director of Policy , Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity ( URGE ) Dr . Imani Woody , Founder and CEO , Mary’s House for Older AdultsJoanne N . Smith , President and CEO , Girls for Gender Equity ( GGE ) ###
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