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“It actually gives me a little bit of chills thinking about not having a potential person here, if, God forbid, we have another outbreak of, say HIV or AIDS or something like that,” Freedman-Gurspan said. “We saw what happened in the ‘80s — how there was no response.”
The office began under the Clinton administration as the liaison to gays and lesbians, but was removed under the Bush administration. President Obama reinstated the position and Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender person to hold the office when she took over the role last year. She had already made history as the first transgender White House staffer in 2015.
Ultimately, Freedman-Gurspan hopes that Trump — who made several outreaches to the LGBT community before choosing numerous individuals with anti-LGBT histories for his administration — retains her office to ensure LGBT people are represented at the highest level of government.
“There is no one inside the hallways to advocate for the community, so we lose an internal advocate,” she said, adding: “We lose that ability to inform our president about our community and our needs.”
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