''I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.''
Quote from a press release on Thursday's appointment of Amanda Simpson by President Barack Obama to the position of Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce, which very likely makes her the first transgender appointee by a US President. According to sources she has an extensive and broad history of work experience for defense contractor Raytheon and on the board of directors of the National Center fro Transgender Equality. (NCTE)