Here We Go: President Obama Appoints Transgender Woman to Faith Advisory Group


The White House has appointed a transgender woman to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships

Barbara Satin is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as Assistant Faith Work Director for The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  She is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

She served as the first openly transgender member of the UCC’s executive council.  Satin was involved in the UCC’s 2003 decision to affirm the inclusion of transgender people in the full life and ministry of the United Church of Christ.

“Given the current political climate, I believe it’s important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community — as well as a person of my years, nearly 82 — be present and heard in these vital conversations,” Satin said of her appointment to the President’s advisory council.

Satin, along with ten other individuals were appointed to the council on May 12.

President Obama described Satin and the other appointees as “fine public servants” and would bring “depth of experience and tremendous dedication” to their roles.

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Charlene Aaron

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