Chuck Wolfe

Project launched to place LGBT professionals in the next presidential administration

Filed By Chuck Wolfe | February 20, 2008 10:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: election 2008, government, HRC, LGBT community, president, presidential appointments, Stonewall Democrats, task force, Victory Fund

The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, along with partners including HRC, the Task Force and Stonewall Democrats, today launched a community-wide effort to make sure openly LGBT professionals have a shot at the thousands of presidential appointments that will fill out the executive branch when the 44th president takes office next January.

The idea is simple. We'll recruit the best people we can and work with the next president's transition team to demonstrate our community's commitment to serving all Americans. In 1996 we were able to do this in the second Clinton administration, and it worked. Having a database of vetted, qualified openly gay leaders ready to work for the incoming president makes it far more likely that he or she will choose to fill key positions from among our ranks.

As presidential appointees, we can have a tremendous impact on our government and the way it treats us and our families. We only need to be willing and ready to step up and join those who are doing the hard work of governing.

Any openly LGBT U.S. citizen interested in the project can learn more at

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Very cool. I wonder how many "applications" you'll get. I have to say though, I have no idea what positions would be open to know if I'm qualified to apply for something. :)