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White House appoints first transgender member of staff Raffi Freedman-Gurspan


Barack Obama who initially opposed gay marriage but later came in favor of it, has made LGBT rights as priority of his time. US president in his latest step appointed a transgender as full-time staff member of White House.


Raffi Freedman-Gurspan who have earlier worked as an adviser for the National center for Transgender Equality is now appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential staff.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs said that the new appointment was a reflection of administration’s priorities.

“Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender American’s particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”


Obama making a notable move in the favor of LGBT’s in recent past has helped to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevented openly gay service men and women from serving in the military.

The NCTE, where Freedman-Gurspan have worked earlier appreciates the appointment  by Barack Obama.

Executive Director of NCTE Mara Keisling said: “President Obama has long said he wants his administration to look like the American people.

“I have understood this to include transgender Americans. A transgender person was inevitably going to work in the White House.

“That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of colour is itself significant.”

Members of LGBT also appreciated first transgender appointment in White House.

“Our government works best when it reflects the reality of who we are as Americans,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, the head of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

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