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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

White House Hires First Transgender Staff Member

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The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan's appointment on Tuesday.

Freedman-Gurspan is an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel.

Transgender advocates say she is the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House.

According to, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says Freedman-Gurspan's commitment to improving the lives of transgender Americans reflects the values of the Obama administration.

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