The Obama administration has appointed a transgender individual to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships, selecting Barbara Satin for a post along with two representatives of minority faiths.Satin, who was born a man but identifies as a woman, is an Air Force veteran, a member of the United Church of Christ and currently works with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, according to CBN News.
“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 in a statement published through the United Church of Christ.
President Barack Obama announced the appointments of Satin along with Sikh leader Manjit Singh and Baha’i leader Naseem Kourosh to the faith council on May 12.
The press release, which was published on the White House website, includes details about Satin’s past and present history of working with LGBTQ groups.
The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is a government initiative that “brings together leaders and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to make recommendations to the Administration on how to improve the partnerships it forms to serve people in need.”