Obama Announces Three High-Profile LGBT Appointments

The Obama White House announced Wednesday the appointment of three openly gay officials to high-profile positions, two to take on roles within the administration, and one nominated to a distinguished federal judgeship in New York.Roberta Ach…

The Obama White House announced Wednesday the appointment of three openly gay officials to high-profile positions, two to take on roles within the administration, and one nominated to a distinguished federal judgeship in New York.

Roberta Achtenberg, a co-founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, has been selected to sit on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

It’s just the latest groundbreaking move for Achtenberg, who became the first openly LGBT American appointed by a U.S. president to a Senate-confirmable position in 1993, despite opposition from some in that chamber, such as the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) who once referred to her as a “damn lesbian.”

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