Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is the first openly transgender member of staff at the White House. Prior to her role at the White House, Freedman-Gurspan was the first openly transgender legislative staffer to work in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. At the event, she spoke about the Obama Administration’s work on behalf of transgender people in the United States, including legal protections, changes of policy, and shifting narratives.
Sarah McBride also spoke at the event. She is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress and a board member of Equality Delaware. McBride came out as trans while serving as student body president at American University. She worked on the successful effort in Delaware to pass gender identity protections in 2013. Now at CAP, she works on state and federal nondiscrimination efforts.
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