History has been made at the White House after it hired its first ever transgender member of staff. The move saw Raffi Freedman-Gurspan appointed as an Outreach and Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel.
A senior White House official said that Freedman-Gurspan's commitment to transgender rights reflects "the values of this administration" and the move represents another positive step for LGBT equality under President Barack Obama's leadership.
The announcement is a poignant piece of news for the trans community and is a reminder that they have not been forgotten after Obama's administration crafted historical legislation for gay, lesbian and bisexuals, successfully passing same-sex marriage across the country.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the President, said in a statement: "Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions."
Many are speculating that the appointment of Freedman-Gurspan could help to influence current transgender discrimination issues in American policy. This is based on the fact that Freedman-Gurspan has previously worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NTCE).
Her appointment comes at a time when the Department of Defense is reviewing the current ban on trans men and women from serving in the military.
Aisha Moodie-Mills, the head of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute said: "Our government works best when it reflects the reality of who we are as Americans."
In Britain, there haven't yet been any serving transgender MPs and it's not known if there are any openly transgender people working in top positions within the Government. In 2011 a Labour candidate, Emily Brothers, made headlines as the first trans person to stand for election.
And although not serving at the time, in 2013, ex-UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire came out as transgender. In 2010 she was expelled from the party for allegations of sexism.Suggest a correction