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White House Names First Trans LGBTQ Liaison

Here’s a bit of good news for the trans community today — the White House has named its new LGBTQ liaison, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Not just that, but she’s the first trans person to get the gig!

Previously, Freedman-Gurspan was a policy advisor for the National Center for Transgender Equality; she’s also been a legislative director and the first trans leglislative staffer at the Massachusetts House of Representatives — pretty impressive bonafides, if you ask us. Not only that, but she’s done this before on a smaller scale — she started her political career as the LGBT liaison to the town of Somerville, Massachusetts. She hails from nearby Brookline — the same place political heavyweights John F. Kennedy, Michael Bloomberg and Michael Dukakis called home.

Freedman-Gurspan started in the Presidential Personnel office last August as Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement, where she was the first trans White House staffer.

The position was created in 1995 by President Clinton, though the first person to hold the role was a cisgender, straight woman, Marsha Scott.