President Barack Obama has made more LGBT appointments than any commander-in-chief

Col. Margarete Camermeyer
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer

The Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute published a list of Obama administration appointees.

The institute trains LGBT candidates on how to run an effective campaign and is related to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps raise money for endorsed candidates.

Some of the better-known names include Margarethe Cammermeyer, who is a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Cammermeyer is the highest-ranking woman to be dismissed from the military.

Brian Bond, who formerly headed the Victory Fund, now serves as deputy director, White House Office of Public Engagement.

Vic Basile, the first executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, is now senior counselor to the director of the Office of Personnel Management.

—  David Taffet

Obama names transgender woman to Commerce

Amanda Simpson
Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson has become the first transgender woman to receive a presidential appointment. She will be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department in the Bureau of Industry and Security.

She has degrees in physics, engineering and business and is a certified flight instructor. A former test pilot, she has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years. Most recently she has been at Raytheon as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development for Raytheon and transitioned while in that position.

In 2005, she ran for the Arizona House of Representatives but was not elected but was the first transgender person to win a political primary. She was a Clinton delegate to the 2008 Democratic convention.

—  David Taffet