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White House appoints first transgender person as primary LGBT liaison

US President Barack Obama has appointed the White House’s first transgender person as their primary LGBT liaison on Tuesday.

world Updated: Mar 15, 2016 12:49 IST
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A file photo of Raffi Freedman-Gurspan.(Photo courtesy: White House)

US President Barack Obama has appointed the White House’s first transgender person as their primary LGBT liaison on Tuesday.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan’s new appointment was heralded by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) as being a move towards a more diverse American political body.

“Raffia is a great choice. 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,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of NCTE, in a statement.

Freedman-Gurspan was the policy adviser at NCTE, and a legislative director in teh Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Championing a political body that reflects the diversity of modern-day America has been a cornerstone of Obama’s agenda, especially during his final term.

First Published: Mar 15, 2016 12:49 IST