Three Transgender Firsts: Buzzfeed, Bravo, And The White House

There are three transgender firsts in the media today: Bravo has cast its first-ever transgender “Real Housewife,” BuzzFeed has its first-ever transgender staff writer, and the White House has hired the first-ever transgender staffer!

Fan favorite NeNe Leakes is going to be leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” in the show’s eighth season, so Bravo has cast Amiyah Scott, a transgender model and makeup artist. TMZ says that Scott has been “romantically linked to a number of rappers.”

Over at BuzzFeed, they’ve hired Meredith Talusan, who The Frisky worked with to uncover harassment and abuse at student housing organization the Telluride Association, as their first transgender staffer. She told The Advocate that although she’s had plenty of challenges working as a transgender journalist, “It’s been a built-in advantage as a trans journalist covering trans issues, and I hope there will be many more of us,that there’s an immediate rapport that comes out of me having gone through many of the difficulties that my subjects have, or I’m at least more familiar with them than the typical nontrans reporter.”

At 1600 Pennsylvania, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been hired as outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel. Freedman-Gurspan previously worked for the National Center for Transgender Equality as a policy advisor and for former Massachusetts state representative Carl Sciortino, Jr. Senior Adviser Valerie Jarett said that Freedman-Gurspan “demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions. Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this Administration.”

Congratulations to Meredith, Amiyah, and Raffi!

[The Advocate (1), (2)]
Image via Instagram/Meredith Talusan/National Center for Transgender Equality
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