Historic! After Nearly Seven Years, White House Checks Off Transgender Staffer Box

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

They apparently went with a Julian Edelman fan. At least it’s “historic,” or something.


The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member.

The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan’s appointment on Tuesday as the Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Transgender advocates say she is the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House.

Freedman-Gurspan previously was a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s racial and economic justice initiative.

Advocates hailed her appointment as an important step for the LGBT community and for ensuring that the federal government includes the voices and experiences of all Americans.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says Freedman-Gurspan’s commitment to improving the lives of transgender Americans reflects the values of the Obama administration.

‘Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions,’ said Jarrett in a statement.

‘Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this Administration.’

We’re confused. Is Raffi a guy becoming a girl or the other way around. Hard to even distinguish.



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