The White House is reacting after multiple transgender attendees bared their chests at the government’s Pride event this previous weekend.
The incident drew inappropriate backlash, including suggestions online from conservative commentators like Pearson CJ, that brought shame on the country.
On Tuesday, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House spokesperson, notified reporters, “The behavior was entirely inappropriate. We have been very clear about this issue.”
It is really disrespectful and inappropriate that the event we hosted does not reflect LGBTQ+ families. We are continuing to make it clear that we will continue to go on. It was unfair to the hundreds of attendees who were there to celebrate their families.
Jean-Pierre stated that the people featured in the video would not receive invitations to upcoming occasions.
“This has not occurred before,” she said. “This thing that happened under this administration was not normal.” We have been very clear about how we observed this particular behavior.
On Friday, transgender activist and model Montoya Rose responded to the social media platforms by posting a three-minute video on TikTok, in which she posed topless alongside other guests.
During her visit to Washington, Montoya expressed her pride in addressing the National Press Club and receiving an invitation from the president to participate in the Pride event. “Today, I must offer my apologies,” she explained.
“I want to take this moment to apologize for the impact of my actions. It is incredible to see how we can connect with the world and share our experiences and stories. It is truly impactful and I have learned just how powerful it can be, more than ever before. She said, “I decided to do something unbecoming of a guest of the president at the White House lawn Celebration, in a quick moment of overwhelming and fleeting joy.”
She continued, “She feels energized to articulate and educate others about the power and importance of joy in a more effective way,” she added, “and it was never my intention to create a situation that would lead to harm and harassment from the power of joy.”
The event at the White House was characterized by the administration as the biggest Pride celebration to date. On Saturday, the Bidens warmly received numerous LGBTQ families from all corners of the nation to commemorate Pride month.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were observed encountering Montoya at one juncture. Various facets of the occasion were depicted in a one-minute video shared by Montoya on TikTok.
Montoya is observed concealing her exposed chest with her hands. At a different moment, the footage depicts Montoya and other people revealing their chests while striking poses in front of the South Portico of the White House.
In the footage, an individual’s voice can be heard asking, “Are we shirtless at the White House?” The other people featured in the video are not easily discernible.
Montoya initially responded to the criticism about the absence of attire in a unique TikTok video before the remarks made by the White House.
“I made the choice to join them and conceal my nipples as a precaution,” she expressed in the video. “Additionally, since it is completely lawful in Washington D.C., My trans masculine companions were proudly displaying their surgical scars from top surgery and experiencing happiness, and I desired to participate in their celebration.”
At the Pride event, President Biden spoke out against anti-LGBTQ legislation being introduced and passed in various state legislatures around the country.
He also had a message for “the whole community,” but especially for transgender young individuals.
“You are adored. You are acknowledged. You are comprehended,” he stated. “And you belong.”