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White House appoints trans woman to Advisory Council

LGBTQ Task Force’s Barbara Satin
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The White House has announced that LGBTQ Task Force’s Barbara Satin will serve with the Obama Advisory Council’s on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. 

Satin is a transgender female who, in 2015, was invited to the White House to speak to the administration on LGBTQ housing concerns. 

“I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President’s advisory council.” Satin said in a press release. “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.”

The Air Force veteran has also worked tirelessly to develop Spirit on the Lake, an LGBTQ senior housing community in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 46-unit project offers affordable rent and has been open since 2013.

Satin is also heavily involved in non-profit organizations which help LGBTQ people in the areas of philanthropy, senior housing and HIV/AIDS services.

She is also an active member of United Church of Christ, a denomination of which she helped to fully embrace transgender men and women.

The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. For over forty years, we have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. www.thetaskforce.org