News release from the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute:
Washington, D.C.-The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute (GLLI) today announced the launch of the Presidential Appointments Project, a non-partisan effort designed to help grow the pool of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals who would be qualified and ready to accept politically appointed positions in the next U.S. presidential administration. In concert with other leading national LGBT groups, GLLI will identify, recruit and vet openly LGBT applicants for thousands of executive branch positions that will be filled with political appointees after the next president is sworn in.
"Our goal is to make sure all Americans have an equal voice in their government. Through public service, our community demonstrates a commitment to making our country a better place for all its citizens and for every kind of family. In 1996, we worked closely with the second Clinton administration to identify gays and lesbians who were qualified to serve the president. We stand ready to help whoever is elected this November," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of GLLI.
Ambassador James C. Hormel, who became the first openly gay U.S. ambassador when he was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the project will make it easier for the next president to identify and consider talented individuals to serve his or her administration. "We also need to say to the next president, 'We're ready to serve and we're ready to lead,'" Hormel said. "The next administration must know that we are concerned about being included, determined to contribute our talents, skills and insights, and eager to participate in the hard work of governing our country."
Fred P. Hochberg, Dean of Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, said, "When I was appointed by President Clinton to serve in his administration, he said that in order to be true public servants, federal officials must represent the full diversity of the American people, including members of the LGBT community. We look forward to continuing to further these goals with a new administration in November." Hochberg was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, serving from 1998 to 2000 as deputy then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration, an agency Clinton elevated to cabinet rank.
National LGBT groups partnering with GLLI on the project include the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Stonewall Democrats. Potential appointees who are openly LGBT are urged to submit an application early via a special Web site created for the project: www.glli.org/presidential
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute is a non-partisan, tax-exempt training and executive development organization dedicating to equipping LGBT leaders for success. Each year hundreds of openly LGBT elected, appointed and community officials take advantage of GLLI programs to grow their ability to lead. For more information, visit www.glli.org.