After the Trump While House deliberately excluded black and gay reporters from its annual media Holiday Party held on December 1, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced that it was holding its own all-inclusive event for the nation’s press, labeling it a none-too-subtle Not The White House Holiday Party.
The White House had received criticism from the press and LGBTQ advocates after The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson and American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan — who also is a contributor for CNN — were not invited to the White House’s media holiday party. Rea Carey, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, stated, “President Donald Trump’s actions to shun LGBTQ and Black reporters is an insulting action to people of color and the LGBTQ community.” Carey added that, “It is fundamental to our democracy to have a free and diverse press. Trump’s holiday party actions are the latest in his offenses to all marginalized communities.”
The National LGBTQ Task Force is the oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group in the country. The group works to achieve equality and equity for all and move society to value and respect the diversity of human expression and identity. It’s Not The White House Holiday Party will take place on Tuesday, December 19 at the group’s DC offices located at 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.