Image

8:46 PM / Saturday December 3, 2022

30 Oct 2015

White House appoints first transgender to the White House Staff

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
October 30, 2015 Category: Stateside Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan becomes new outreach and recruitment director in White House Office of Presidential Personnel

President Barack Obama has demonstrated a strong show of support for the LGBT community by recently appointing a former policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality to a White House position. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was recently appointed as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Freedman-Gurspan is not only the first transgender, but also the first transgender of color to be appointed to a White House staff position.

“Her  commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration,” said Valerie Garrett , senior advisor for the White House.

Freedman-Gurspan was praised by many for her hard work and commitment in supporting members of the LGBT community. Her appointment reflects the support that the Obama administration has exhibited toward the LGBT community. But the appointment is not the only demonstration of support from President Obama. Other actions taken within the last two years includes:

• Banning discrimination by federal contractors against employees because of their gender identity or sexual orientation

• Creating a bathroom in the Eisenhower Executive Building that is gender-neutral

• Banning therapies that target gay and transgender youth in an attempt to “fix” them

Freedman-Gurspan has been called a role model. Her appointment was warmly welcomed and approved by community leaders and advocates.

Grants for women.com and CNN contributed to this story.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Politics

Jeffries wins historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in...

Go With The-Flo

Trevor Noah hosted a “Black Theater Night” for the Tony-winning Best Musical “A Strange Loop”

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Trevor Noah (Shutterstock.com) By Flo Anthony On Nov. 29, Trevor Noah,...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Oatmeal Butternut Squash Risotto

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and...

Seniors

Senior Fitness: You may have more choices than you think

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Do you struggle with starting or maintaining a fitness routine? Don’t worry,...

Health

Do you have the winter sniffles? Five ways you can manage indoor winter allergies

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Do you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose or a scratchy...

Color Of Money

Feeling the stress of high energy bills?  New programs help lower costs

December 2, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT  Soaring energy prices equate to rising energy bills for households nationwide. This...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff