Trans activist Rose Montoya, a man who identifies as a woman, apologized after briefly going topless at a White House Pride Month event, an act the Biden administration later called “inappropriate and disrespectful.”
In a three-minute long clip posted on Friday on TikTok, Montoya said that “Today I need to apologize…in a quick moment of fleeting and overwhelming trans joy I decided to do something unbecoming of a guest of the President at the White House lawn celebration.”
“I want to take this moment to apologize for the impact of my actions,” the transgender influencer added, without specifically saying what those actions were.
Montoya went through a lengthy list of apologies to various LGBT groups before claiming that “family and friends” have been “harassed” after the incident.
“Last but not least, I would like to apologize to the president, the White House, and the nation,” Montoya said. “It was also never my intention to create a situation that would lead to harassment and harm of myself and others.”
“Nor for my little moment of trans joy to be weaponized by vile people of the opposition,” Montoya added.
The incident drew a lot of backlash towards Montoya’s way, as well as the White House. In response, the White House is condemned Montoya’s actions with a statement:
“This behavior is inappropriate and disrespectful for any event at the White House. It is not reflective of the event we hosted to celebrate LGBTQI+ families or the other hundreds of guests who were in attendance. Individuals in the video will not be invited to future events.”
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