Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has just made history – again.
On Monday (14 March), the 28 year old became the first transgender person to be named as The White House’s top liaison to the LGBTI community.
She had already accomplished another historic first last August as the first openly transgender staff member in The White House.
At that time, she was assigned to the White House personnel office as the director of outreach and recruitment. She had come from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) where she was a policy director.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, called Freedman-Gurspan ‘a great choice.’
‘President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans,’ Keisling tells BuzzFeed News. ‘Raffi’s skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.’
Freedman-Gurspan was also the first openly transgender legislative staffer to work in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She worked for then-State Representative Carl Sciortino who was one of the lead sponsors at the time of legislation in the legislature to expand state civil rights protections to transgender residents.
She played a role in helping Sciortino pass the transgender civil rights bill in late 2011 which was signed into law by then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in January 2012.