03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Amanda Simpson, First Transgender Presidential Appointee, Begins Work at Commerce Department: 'Being The First Sucks'

"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 and very well qualified to deal with anything that might show up because I've broken barriers at lots of other places and I always win people over with who I am and what I can do."

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