Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Amanda Simpson, One of the First Transgender Presidential Appointees

Amanda Simpson will be starting her new job as Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce on Tuesday. Her background has been dedicated to understanding military technology. She was a former test pilot and has been active in aerospace and defense industry for the past 30 years. Simpson has also been active in LGBT issues. In 2005 she successfully worked to have the Raytheon adopt gender identity into its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. Although she is transgender, she does not want people to assume that she was hired because of her sexual identity but rather on her merits.

Congratulations Amanda Simpson, we hope you succeed!

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