Tag: White House

White House Appoints First Transgender Staff Member

On Tuesday, President Obama appointed the very first transgender person to work in the White House. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will serve as the White House’s outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Prior to this position, Freedman-Gurspan worked as a policy adviser for…

Obama Gets Behind Banning LGBT 'Conversion' Therapy

By Michael Nam In the same week the executive order for protecting federal employees and contractors from discrimination went into effect, the Obama Administration continues to make progress on LGBT issues with an announcement taking on the harmful practice of ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that…

Can a Minimum-Wage Increase Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

By Julissa Catalan Photo by Shutterstock More than half of workers who will benefit from a minimum-wage increase are women and the move could help close the gender pay gap, a White House report said on Wednesday. “The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women” was produced in part…

Groundbreaking White House Reporter Dies

By Chris Hoenig Lee Thornton, the first Black woman to earn the coveted White House beat for one of the nation’s major news networks, has died. Thornton covered the Carter administration for CBS News starting in 1977, just three years after joining the network. After leaving the White House, she…

Obama Faces Criticism on Multiple Fronts

By Dara Sharif Over the last few days, the White House has been battling controversy on three fronts. The Obama administration faces continued questions about what was known and when regarding the official line in the days following the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left…