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#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

White House Hires Its First Openly Transgender Staffer

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama's administration has appointed the first-ever transgender White House staffer. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman, ...

Ending Trans Discrimination In the Military: the Rest of the Story

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbra Siperstein

On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.

Amanda Simpson, Transgender Candidate, Appointed To Commerce Post

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson, a transgender woman, to be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department. "I'm truly honored ...

Transgender Appointee Amanda Simpson Inspires Right-Wing Outrage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amanda Simpson, who was named by President Obama to be senior technical adviser for the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, has wor...

Letterman Needs To Fix His Mistake

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Commerce Department may be the first time that David Letterman's viewers have seen a trans person as anything other than the butt of a joke.

Amanda Simpson, First Transgender Presidential Appointee, Begins Work at Commerce Department:

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Being the first sucks," she told ABC News.com. "I'd rather not be the first but someone has to be first, or among the first. I think I'm experienced ...

Letterman's Transgender Joke: Did It Go Too Far? (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

David Letterman took on Amanda Simpson last night, the president's first transgender appointee. Dave explained that she is now part of the Commerce De...