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Obama Administration Appoints Openly Transgender Woman to Dept. of Commerce

Amanda Simpson may be the first openly transgender person to receive a presidential appointment.

I’m a little late on this, but for those who haven’t yet heard, I thought I’d post the good news that a woman named Amanda Simpson has been appointed by the Obama Administration to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (Note: the comments at the HuffPo article are a cesspool of offensiveness):

Defense industry veteran Amanda Simpson of Tuscon, Arizona, who really is a rocket scientist, was just appointed by President Obama to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security as a senior technical advisor. Her job will include managing exports of dual use technology as well as conducting press and media liaison work for the agency.

Simpson is highly qualified for the position. She has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, most recently serving as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems. She holds degrees in physics, engineering and business administration, and is a certified flight instructor and test pilot with 20 years of experience.

Cara is a 22 year old feminist and liberal with a BA in English, Text and Writing. She works as the volunteer Fundraising Intern at her local Planned Parenthood affiliate. She lives in Upstate NY with her Australian husband and their bratty cat.

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