Obama Appoints Transgender Attorney to White House Commission

Shannon Price Minter

Shannon Price Minter

President Obama appointed Shannon Price Minter, a transgender attorney, to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships last month.

Minter, the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was one of the lead attorneys who argued before the Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8 in 2013. Prior to that, Minter gained national recognition in 2001 when he represented the partner of a lesbian killed in a wrongful death case, which resulted in the landmark decision to extend jurisdiction on tort claims to same-sex domestic partners and spouses. In his new role, Minter will be responsible for interviewing, recommending, and selecting candidates as White House Fellows, where they’ll spend a year working as paid assistants to senior White House Staff.

“I am deeply honored to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which provides a unique opportunity for new leaders to gain a firsthand experience of our nation’s government,” Minter said in a statement. “As a transgender man, I am especially grateful to President Obama for his commitment to building a government that reflects the full diversity of our country and for supporting equal opportunity for all people.”

Minter is not the first transgender individual who has been appointed by the Obama administration. Others include Amanda Simpson and Shawn Skelly at the Defense Department, and Jay Davis at the Environmental Protection Agency.