President Obama Appoints Amanda Simpson, First Transgender Woman To Commerce Post

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Amanda Simpson, Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department

Amanda Simpson, Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department

HP/Nick Wing—President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson, a transgender woman, to be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department.

I’m truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me,” Simpson said in a statement. “As one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.

Simpson — a former test pilot and 2004 YWCA “Woman On The Move” — has been active in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 30 years. She most recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development for Raytheon, where she transitioned from male to female.

In the past decade, Simpson has been highly active in GLBT issues. In 2005, she successfully worked to have Raytheon adopt gender identity into its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. That same year, she ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives.

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2 responses to “President Obama Appoints Amanda Simpson, First Transgender Woman To Commerce Post

  1. Lidia Bajkowska

    Dear Mr President Obama,
    excellence, dear Mr. President! You are great man worthy of Nobel. It’s really amazing you appointed Amanda Simpson as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce.
    The professionals and knowledge they have are the most important issue. United States of America the country of tolerance and understanding is not free from critical voices full of the worst invectives addressed to Mrs. Amanda Simpson. The lack of social knowledge and sense for people whose natural discordance of mental gender with remaining physical genres of it, is seen especially on the internet discussion. The only one method of transsexual treatment ( help ), in present-day status of knowledge, is gender correction made by surgical methods correlated with pharmacologic support, hormonal mainly.
    I hope someday this kind of treatment will be fully refunded in Poland.
    Reading all these utterances let us convict the ignorance and backwardness of some part of people, who are probably not able to get with it. That’s why the attack and rejection of transsexual persons is the only reaction. With their lack of tolerance caused by ignorance are not able to find other values and accept another human being.
    Technological development, access of multimedia all-knowledge both should change thinking and social awareness. Middle ages with burning heaps are behind us, we capture space, invent medicines beating cancer, Nobles for discoveries in all areas are given but the problem of beating, humiliated for another skin color children are still present. We build cities full of architectural limitations for disabled people forgetting they live between us. During The World War II the whole families, mothers carrying their children was burned to death in crematory stoves only because of being a Jew.
    What kind of planet is that, where evil, wars, sufferance, cataclysms and crimes, cruelty and blood dominate, not only against adults but also innocent children, and this unspoken grieve for bestial treated speechless animals.
    Frightened by rising lack of respect for human being, animal and nature…
    Your faithfully
    Lidia Bajkowska – author of music books and experienced teacher.

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