Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Amanda Simpson, come on down! You're the next contestant on...

Barack Obama has chosen Amanda Simpson as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce, marking the first transgender appointment in an American presidential administration.

Simpson has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, most recently serving as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. While working at Raytheon, she transitioned from male-to-female over a six-year period, and successfully lobbied to add gender identity to Raytheon’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

As skeptical as I am that President Obama had much to do with the appointment, I do think it's cool to see one more wall come down in the gender and sexuality arena. Of course, I'm looking forward to the day when this isn't news, but until then, congratulations to Miss Simpson on breaking through another barrier so the next generation can follow her into the halls of influence and power.

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