The White House has employed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as its first openly transgender full-time member of staff, officials have said.
Freedman-Gurspan started working as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential staff on Tuesday.
Her commitment to transgender rights reflects “the values of this administration,” a senior White House official said.
It is President Barack Obama’s latest move in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, according to agency report.
“Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president.
Ms Freedman-Gurspan previously worked as a policy adviser for the National Centre for Transgender Equality, NTCE.
Her appointment to the White House has been hailed as an important step by key members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered, LGBT community.
“Our government works best when it reflects the reality of who we are as Americans,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, the head of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.
The Department of Defence is reviewing its ban on transgender men and women from serving in the military, and the White House has said it welcomes that development.


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