White House Hires First Openly Transgender Staffer

The White House has made history once again, this time by hiring their first openly transgender staffer.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been hired as outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Raffi has quite the CV, as before this appointment she worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, and before that she was a legislative director with Rep. Carl Sciortino’s office.

This move has been met with praise from Mara Keisling, who is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality: “I am elated that Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will become the first openly transgender staff member at the White House. President Obama has long said he wants his Administration to look like the American people,” she said. “I have understood this to include transgender Americans. A transgender person was inevitably going to work in the White House.”


Rep. Carl Sciortino also spoke in approval of the move: “Raffi is a role model. As the first out transgender woman working at the Massachusetts State House, she showed leadership and courage, and among her many contributions, was instrumental in helping pass the Transgender Equal Rights Law. I am proud to see her continue to lead by example, as she takes her voice and her passion to the White House. Her hiring is a symbol of progress for the transgender community, but without a doubt I know it will be her skill and hard work that will benefit many.”