Obama Administration Appoints First Openly Transgender White House Official

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it appointed its first openly transgender official to serve as a White House staffer.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was appointed to a senior position in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, according an MSNBC report.

Gurspan will work as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the office that recruits qualified candidates for service in departments and agencies across the government, according to MSNBC.

Prior to this position, Gurspan served as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Quality's (NCTE) Racial & Economic Justice Initiative.

"Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions," said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, in a statement Tuesday. "Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration."

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