Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Instagram/@rwgreer
US President Joe Biden has appointed Reggie Greer as Senior Advisor on LGBTQ Issues, it has been confirmed.
He will be joined by Hannah Bristol, appointed Associate Director of Public Engagement, in advising on LGBTQ issues, along with youth and progressive issues.
Greer, who previously worked on Biden's presidential campaign, will also serve as the Director of Priority Placement at the Presidential Personnel Office, the White House Office tasked with vetting new appointees.
Greer previously worked at the LGBTQ Victory Institute as the group’s director of constituent engagement.
Mayor Annise Parker, President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Institute, said in a statement: “Reggie is a ray of sunshine in the conflict-driven world of politics and the respect and trust he’s earned from LGBTQ leaders will make him an extremely effective advisor.
"He exemplifies the America United ethos, with a rare ability to bring diverse communities and interests together and rally them behind a common cause and vision. He will be invaluable as a bridge between the administration and the millions of LGBTQ Americans relying on President Biden to bring needed change to our nation. I am thrilled about his appointment and am eager to continue working together on moving equality forward for our community.”
"I am humbled"
This week Greer addressed his new appointment on Twitter, saying: "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve in President @JoeBiden’s administration, working with an incredibly talented team to help build an administration that looks like America and leads on #LGBTQ+ issues. #BidenAdministration."
He added: "Thank you for all of the messages. I am humbled by them, and by this experience, and I hope we can build a better America together."
On Biden's presidential campaign, Greer helped build the organization’s LGBTQ elected officials network and its candidate training, encouraging LGBTQs to run for elective office.
Since his inauguration on 20 January, Biden has reversed Donald Trump's trans military ban and signed the most substantive, wide-ranging LGBTQ executive order in US history.