Obama Appoints Transgender Federal Bureaucrat
There is much excitement over President Obama's appointment of a transgender woman, Amanda Simpson, as Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security. Simpson was previously a deputy director at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson and a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives from Arizona.
She also has degrees in physics, engineering and business administration, and is a licensed flight instructor.
Simpson portrays herself as "one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government," though we don't know of any others. (Alan Colmes says she's "Likely The First Presidential Transgendered Appointee.")
Tranifesto's Matt Kelley quibbles a bit: "I personally would have referred to her as a transsexual woman -- but it's not my place to impose an adjective or an identity onto anyone." New York Post commenters are predictably enraged ("guess a pedophile is next to get the special billing" "AMERICA IS DOOMED!!" etc), but what did you expect.
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