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posted Friday, November 5, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 45
Obama appoints record number of open homosexuals
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Obama appoints record number of open homosexuals

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President Barack Obama has appointed more openly LGBT individuals to government posts than any previous president, according to sources cited by The Associated Press.

Gay lobbyists estimate that Obama has granted top appointments to more than 150 LGBT persons in the two years he has served as the nation's top official, topping the approximately 140 by former President Clinton in all eight years of his presidency.

HRC officials called the pattern 'a simple affirmation of the American ideal that what matters is how you do your job and not who you are.'

Denis Dison, spokesman for the Presidential Appointments Project of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, said the administration's appointments are friendly gestures towards the LGBT community.

'From everything we hear from inside the administration, they wanted this to be part of their efforts at diversity,' said Dison.

The Presidential Appointments Project acts as a stepping-stone for LGBT professionals seeking federal posts 'to improve our federal government's policies and process.'

Among the appointees are the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education Kevin Jennings, and Chai Feldblum, member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which oversees workplace discrimination complaints.

'We have made a record number of openly LGBT appointments, and we are confident that this number will only continue to grow,' Shin Inouye, an openly homosexual White House spokesman, told the AP.

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