White House Makes History Appointing First Transgender Person To Role Of LGBT Liaison
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has officially been appointed as the White House’s primary LGBT Liaison by President Barack Obama making her the first transgender person to have this role bestowed upon them.
This is a big win for the LGBT community, and leaders within that community have nodded their heads in approval of the announcement.
Raffi is a great choice, said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffis skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has already broken ground bybeing the first transgender White House staff member, having been appointed in 2015 as the outreach and recruitment director of the presidential personnel office. She has now become the main point of contact in office for the LGBT community.
In the past, the LGBT liaison role was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1995 to Marsha Scott, who is a straight woman.
The role was most recently held by Aldi Hardikar, who left the post to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Prior to the White House, Raffi was a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality.
We believe it is a tremendous decision by the White House to recognize Raffis leadership as well as the importance of having transgender leadership in an important role for the community, said JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president of policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign.
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