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Biden LGBTQ Nominations Confirmed

By Charlotte Robinson, July 25, 2021

The United States Senate confirmed two historic LGBTQ presidential nominees by unanimous consent. Gina Ortiz Jones was confirmed for Under Secretary of the Air Force becoming the first out lesbian to serve as under secretary of a military branch. Shawn Skelly was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness becoming the highest-ranking out transgender defense official in U.S. history. Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute stated, “Gina & Shawn served their country when living openly could result in discharge & a lost career, so their ascension to key leadership positions is a powerful moment for those servicemembers who served or continue to serve in silence. Their confirmation will transform perceptions of LGBTQ people within the ranks of the U.S. military, but also among the leaders of militaries we work with around the world. While they were confirmed because of their unquestionable qualifications & experience, they symbolize our continued progress & will further disrupt any lingering notion that LGBTQ people are somehow unfit to serve.” Ruben Gonzales, Executive Director of LGBTQ Victory Institute concluded, “The Biden team is building the most LGBTQ-inclusive administration in U.S. history & the impact it will have on policies & legislation is enormous. Gina & Shawn will join at least a dozen other out Defense Department appointees who understand the challenges LGBTQ servicemembers face & will make their well-being a priority. Our military, like our government, is strongest when it reflects the diversity of the people it serves & ensures all are treated with dignity & respect. Gina & Shawn are shattering lavender ceilings that will encourage more LGBTQ people to consider public service.” For More Info…

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