Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will speak at the White House's first-ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth summit next week.

Duncan, who will be introduced by Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, is expected to highlight the administration's ongoing commitment to ensuring equal access to education for LGBT students.

Jennings' appointment created a firestorm of protest among social conservatives who opposed an openly gay man heading the department.

“LGBT youths are a uniquely vulnerable population in America’s schools,” the administration said in a statement announcing the event. “Because they suffer at a higher rate than many of their peer groups from physical violence, bullying, anxiety and depression, LGBT youths are more prone to exhibit high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual risk-taking and running away from home. The summit, hosted by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will bring together students, educators, administrators, and heads of federal and nonprofit agencies to provide information and seek solutions to these issues.”

Sebelius will address the crowd on Monday and Duncan on Tuesday.

The two-day summit takes place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington.