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Obama Names First Transgender Presidential Appointee

Obama Names First Transgender Presidential Appointee

Amanda Simpson has become the first transgender person to be appointed to a position by the President of the United States. President Obama announced Simpson as his pick for Technical Advisor under the Department of Commerce.

Simpson has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, and is a certified flight instructor and test pilot with over 20 years of experience. At her last position at Raytheon Missile Systems, she successfully pushed the company to include gender identity and expression under its equal employment opportunity policy.

The National Center for Transgender Equality published a statement by her saying, “I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.”

This announcement comes mere weeks after another milestone for the transgender community, the passage of Executive Order No. 33 in New York, which protects state employees from discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Currently the National Center for Transgender Equality is pushing for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which calls for job protection for the LGBT community. While Simpson may prove to be a step in the right direction, she cannot fight the fight alone. Learn what you can do to pass ENDA by clicking here.

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12:00AM PDT on May 24, 2010

I have never understood why anyone would be against a transgender person? A person's sexuality or gender choice will have nothing to do with their intelligence, their ability to make logical decisions, and their ability to love. I hope she does a great job!!

3:00AM PST on Mar 8, 2010

This is amazing! What a good step! Hopefully she does a great job as to show there is absolutely no reason for bias!

4:08PM PST on Jan 31, 2010

Jaette said it all -- grt post and good comments

9:06PM PST on Jan 24, 2010

This is a great & positive step

3:23PM PST on Jan 17, 2010

Kudos to Amanda Simpson and to President Obama.

3:37PM PST on Jan 13, 2010

right on, jaette! (nice name!)
domenica from switzerland

10:12PM PST on Jan 11, 2010

As long as someone knows what they're doing in the job, I don't give a rip if they're sporting a tail and horns.

9:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2010

Transgender is impossible. He's a surgically mutilated man with a y chromosome.

10:54AM PST on Jan 11, 2010

Good for Obama!

4:31AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

a step in the right direction....

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