After they legalized gay marriage, the US government now shows us how to treat transgender rights too: the White House has appointed its first openly transgender staff member!
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been hired as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
In a news release, the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Executive Director, Mara Keisling, said: "President Obama has long said he wants his administration to look like the American people. I have understood this to include transgender Americans. A transgender person was inevitably going to work in the White House."
Freedman-Gurspan's previous job was at the National Center for Transgender Equality, where she worked as a policy adviser for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. According to Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, Freedman-Gurspan "demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions. Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans -particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty- reflects the values of this administration."
This event teaches us once more that all humans are equal, no matter what their gender, religion, skin colour or sexual orientation is. We hope that many other employers all over the world will be as open-minded as President Obama is!