Following the posting of a social media video in which transgender advocate Rose Montoya and two others appeared topless during the Pride Month celebration on the South Lawn, the White House has announced that Montoya will no longer be welcome at future events.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre expressed disapproval of the behavior, citing its inappropriateness and its unfair impact on other attendees who were there to celebrate their families.
During a White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre stated that the individuals involved in the video would not be extended invitations to forthcoming events. She emphasized that such a display was not typical under the current administration.
President Joe Biden had organized the event to demonstrate his administration's support for the LGBTQ+ community. Recent efforts by some Republican leaders at the state level to restrict drag shows and limit options for transgender youth transitioning their genders have fueled the ongoing discussions.
In his speech at the event, President Biden conveyed a message of support to the entire community, with a special emphasis on transgender children, assuring them that they are loved, heard, understood, and that they belong.
Excerpts of the President's speech were featured in the social media video posted by Montoya, who identifies as an educator, model, and actor on Instagram.
Montoya defended her post on Instagram and Twitter, highlighting the legality of going topless in Washington, D.C., and expressing support for the movement advocating for nipple freedom.
She argued that the criticism she faced validated her identity as a woman since a man would not encounter similar backlash. She clarified her intentions, stating that she had no intention to be vulgar or profane, and mentioned that she covered her nipples with her hands in the video as a precautionary measure.