#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter
Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.
"Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions."
On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.
Simpson herself anticipated this reaction: "[There will be] questions like: Is this a token? Are you here to do a job or
"Being the first sucks," she told ABC News.com. "I'd rather not be the first but someone has to be first, or among the first
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The appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Commerce Department may be the first time that David Letterman's viewers have seen a trans person as anything other than the butt of a joke.
David Letterman took on Amanda Simpson last night, the president's first transgender appointee. Dave explained that she is