Raffi Freedman-Gurspan: The White House hires for the first time a transsexual
The White House said Tuesday it hired the first openly transsexual, an initiative welcomed by defense associations lesbians, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT).
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former activist, took office Tuesday to a team responsible for recruitment for the American executive.
“His commitment to improving the lives of American transsexuals, especially color transsexuals and those living in poverty reflects the values of this administration,” said Valerie Jarrett, adviser to President Barack Obama.
The National Centre for the equal rights of transsexuals, in which Raffi Freedman-Gurspan worked, hailed a “historic” appointment.
“The fact that this first appointment of a transsexual person concerned a woman of color is in itself significant,” said Mara Keisling, director of the organization.
There is one year; President Barack Obama has extended the federal system of fight against discrimination at work. Until then, color, origin, religion, sex, disability, age and sexual orientation were the categories protected in federal administrations. The US president, who faces on this strong opposition from Republican Congress, has extended through a decree, these protections to trans officials.