The start of 2010 was marked by President Obama’s appointment of a transgender man to a high Commerce Department advisory position. While the former Raytheon Missile Systems test pilot, named Amanda Simpson, is qualified for the position which advises on international sales of security-sensitive technology, questions are being raised about Simpson’s transgender activism. Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs for Liberty Counsel Action, notes that Simpson was nominated for this position by the National Center for Transgender Equality and that Simpson is personally a transgender activist. Most notably, he adds that Simpson’s statement following the appointment is one of an activist, not of a civil service professional.
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