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White House hires its first transgender official

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Raffi Freedman Gurspan made history on Tuesday simply by showing up for work. Freedman-Gurspan began her new job as the recruitment director for the Presidential Personnel Office in the White House. Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s most trusted aides, said Freedman-Gurspa was brought on board due to her proven “commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty.” Prior to her White House gig, Freedman-Gurspan worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality. The move is reportedly part of Obama’s larger effort to support transgender people — he’s already appointed several others to key government roles.

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