US President Obama appoints more gay officials

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Washington, Oct 27: White House spokesman has confirmed that the Us President Barack Obama has appointed more number of gay officials and said, "Obama is proud that his appointments reflect the diversity of the American public."

Shin Inouye, White House spokesman said that, Obama has hired more gay officials than any other president in US history including Bill Clinton and George W Bush administrations.

"From everything we hear from the administration is that more than 150 are appointed so far and the administration wants this to be part of their efforts at diversity," said Denis Dison, spokesman for the Presidential Appointments Project of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute.

Earlier, Obama named Amanda Simpson, as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department. Simpson is the first openly transgender appointee by the Obama administration.

In the list some of the other gay official were also include like Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank, John Berry, as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

In 1993, Roberta Achtenberg, who was appointed as assistant secretary for Housing and Urban Development, was the first gay public official confirmed by the US Senate to serve at such a senior level.

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