White House appoints first trans woman of colour as LGBTI liaison
In a first for US politics, President Obama has appointed a trans woman of colour as the LGBT liaison for the White House.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, is the first trans person to tackle the role since it was created I 1995.
Raffis is used to firsts – last year she became the first trans person to taken on an official role at the White House when she was assigned the job of director of outreach and recruitment for the personnel office.
Senior White House staff have praised Raffi’s dedication to the trans community.
“Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration,” said senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett
The 28-year-old will now be responsible for coordinating communication between the White House and LGBT groups. Before taking on her role at the White House Eafiie was a policy advisor for the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“Raffi is a great choice,” Mara Kiesling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told BuzzFeed News. “President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi’s skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.”