Obama appoints first transgender White House staff member

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Obama appoints first transgender White House staff member

By Kristen Holmes | CNN White House Producer


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President Barack Obama has appointed the first openly transgender White House staff member, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Community leaders and advocates lauded the administration’s decision and called Freedman-Gurspan a role model, praising her work to empower members of the LGBT community.

“President Obama has long said he wants his administration to look like the American people. I have understood this to include transgender Americans,” NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said. “That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of color is itself significant. And that the first White House transgender appointee is of a friend is inspiring to me and to countless others who have been touched by Raffi’s advocacy.”

This is one of several steps the Obama administration has taken to show support for the LGBT community. Last year, Obama signed executive orders that banned federal contractors from discriminating against employees due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. And in April, the President condemned therapies that tried to “fix” gay and transgender youth and announced the creation of a gender-neutral bathroom in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, home to many White House staffers.

“Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the President. “Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”

8 Comments on “Obama appoints first transgender White House staff member”

  1. M.

    This man doesn’t sleep well at night I don’t care what anyone says, how did African Americans vote for him twice, in fact how did anyone vote for this man twice? I pray that he repents and really turns to Jesus

  2. walk23

    The President, soon after the Supreme Court announced its decision on same sex marriage, told the “religious” world that we just had to accept it. He mocked the Christian community and especially the Black Church, who helped in his first election and basically has said we need to be silent. Now he appoints another spiritually corrupt individual as his staff member to appease the transgender community. Obama’s White House has become a haven for unclean spirits and a cross section of individuals that do not support Christianity. Valerie Jarrett, his senior adviser is Islamic and has vowed to change America to an Islamic state with ITS LAWS. He has mocked the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with his inclusion of gays, equating their struggle with that of MLK and others who were apart of that. We, the “religious” as he puts, were deceived by this minion of Satan. It’s long past time, to put this self professing Christian on blast by equating his actions vs the will of God.

  3. Eternal Believers

    At some point we’re going to realize that ungodly people do not and won’t try to live up to godly standards. Its what makes them “ungodly”. If we really expect the ungodly to consider Christianity when making decisions, we are fooling ourselves. The entire attack is against the last “real” christian believers. The phonies will accept the mixing of godly ways and sin, but those of who know better must understand this is the 4th quarter. Win souls while they have time. Walk by faith and not by what we are seeing on the news. God will make a way of escape when its needed, until then let’s not be too shocked when the ungoldly act out. Its their nature… Just as living right is our nature!

  4. george harrrison

    Wonder if Bishop T.D. or Blake gonna continue to support Obama. Obama ignore Black folks except to take photo ops or invite them to sing and party at the White House. POTUS and his wife are hard core LGBT supporter and closet Islam supporters, they could care less about Jews, Christians and Black Americans.

    1. walk23

      Of course Jakes will. He has adjusted his rhetorric to reflect what the President has said. He has become a political pundit for the Muslim leaning President. He and Al Sharpton both, sound like they get weekly briefings and talking points from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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