Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Obama's First Transgender Appointment
Pres. Obama has chosen Amanda Simpson as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce, marking the first transgender appointment in an American presidential administration.
Simpson has been very active politically, having served on the Board of Directors of two national organizations: Out & Equal and NCTE. In Arizona, she has been on the board of Wingspan, the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, the Southern Arizona ACLU and the Arizona Human Rights Fund (now Equality Arizona). Simpson also ran an unsuccessful congressional bid in Arizona back in 2005.
The appointment makes good on a promise made by White House Office of Public Engagement (aka the LGBT liaison) Brian Bond, who stated an LGBT would have a visible role in the Obama Administration.
"I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me," Simpson said in a press statement. "And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others."
Simpson will be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security.
As David Brody wrote for CBN, "You've got to hand it to the President on this one. He delivered on his campaign slogan because this is definitely "Change you can believe in."
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