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Seeing My Transgender Roommate Transition Changed Me Too

There’s a certain amount of brouhaha amongst some evangelical Republicans over a minor presidential appointment in the Commerce Department. Amanda Simpson will perform a job for the public benefit that I can’t define. I’m pretty sure most of the American public doesn’t know what the Senior Technical Adviser for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security does. But, because she’s transgender, it’s prompted an associate dean at the extremely conservative Liberty University to propel himself into the media’s light to proclaim that, “This isn’t like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong. This is about political correctness.”

Absurdly stupid. Because, of course, it should be no issue at all, because people are people, and work ought to go to the person whose experience best merits it. And stupidity compounded because I’m unsure how obstinately self-blinded someone must be to believe that transgendered people don’t face deep prejudice. The prejudice is dumb, as it is at all times, but especially so when directed at a scattered group with no agenda other than to fit in and be left alone. But I guess there’s always a learning curve. I had one.
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Barack Obama Appoints A Transgendered Woman To A Major Post

Amanda Simpson, Barack Obama‘s new appointee to the Commerce Department, looks like your average powerful woman with well-coiffed hair and a skirt suit. But a few years ago, Amanda was a dude. Simpson is a former test pilot who has worked for assorted aerospace defense companies for 30 years. She also ran for the Arizona House of Representatives and was a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She isn’t the first transgendered woman appointed to a government post —that honor went to Senior Policy Adviser Diego Sanchez last year—but she is certainly one of the few. “I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others,” she said. [ABC] Keep reading »

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