Now that Brian Bond, the Obama administration's deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and liaison for the LGBT community, is stepping down from his post to work for the Democratic National Committee, a new, temporary LGBT liaison has been selected. Today, the White House announced that Raul Alvillar, the current associate director for public engagement for Vice President Biden, will fill the position on a temporary basis.
Alvillar has previously worked as the congressional relations officer for the Department of Housing & Urban Development. He has assisted President Obama on LGBT issues before through his work as Obama's western political director for the 2008 election.
Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade has more:
It's unclear from the statement given by the White House whether Alvillar, or his permanent successor, will have the same role as Bond or if the position will be modified. Some LGBT advocates have been calling for the appointment of a more senior LGBT adviser who could more directly and consistently counsel Obama on LGBT issues.
Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, said the opportunity for the White House to create a more senior LGBT adviser still exists in the time period before a permanent replacement for Bond is named.
"What I think the community wants and deserves is a senior, full-time White House official at the special assistant or higher level whose sole responsibility is to represent the interests of the LGBT community at the White House and in the federal government," Socarides said. "We deserve no less -- and the time, the political moment calls for it. It should be clear to everyone."