raghavanMetro Weekly’s Chris Geidner reported today that the next White House liaison to the LGBT community will be Gautam Raghavan, who currently serves as the deputy White House liaison at the Department of Defense:

Raghavan was one of the Pentagon officials who managed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal process, according to multiple LGBT advocates involved in repeal, a process that resulted in the end of the 1993 law on Sept. 20.

Winnie Stachelberg, the senior vice president for external affairs at the Center for American Progress praised Raghavan’s work on repeal, saying, “He was the point person in the Pentagon for many of us, and was able to juggle a number of competing constituencies … in an unbelievably competent manner and I think the results speak for themselves.”

President Barack Obama has appointed more than 200 openly LGBT Americans to posts in his administration, more than a quarter of whom are people of color, according to statistics compiled by the Presidential Appointments Project.

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