Q&A with the gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor

Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.

A few weeks ago I sat down with Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who was named assistant secretary of labor last year by President Barack Obama. Martinez, who heads the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, was in Dallas to kick off a six-city Disability Listening Tour. Here are excerpts from my conversation with Martinez, which took place at the Westin City Center in downtown Dallas:

—  John Wright

Gay, blind Obama appointee kicks off 'Disability Listening Tour' in Dallas

Kathleen Martinez
Kathleen Martinez

Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor, will be in Dallas on Thursday to kick off a six-city “Disability Listening Tour.” Martinez was appointed by President Barack Obama last year to head the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The listening tour is designed to gather input on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the face of the economic downturn. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westin City Center, 650 N. Pearl St. in Dallas. I’ve posted the full press release after the jump.

—  John Wright