President Barack Obama has named a transgender woman to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The White House announced earlier this month that Barbara Satin, the assistant faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, was named as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which advises the president on how to improve partnerships to serve Americans in need.
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Satin, a member of the United Church of Christ, is the first openly transgender member of the United Church of Christ's executive council.
"I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory council," Satin, an Air Force veteran, said in a statement released through the United Church of Christ. "Given the current political climate, I believe it's important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community — as well as a person of my years, nearly 82 — be present and heard in these vital conversations."
Satin has long been active in the Minnesota LGBT community. Among her many accomplishments, she recently worked on the development of an LGBT senior housing project in Minneapolis called Spirit on Lake. She also served on OutFront Minnesota's Board of Directors from 2001 until 2008.
Additionally, Satin has served on the board of directors for the PFund Foundation, a LGBT organization that advocates for gay rights in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, since 2013.
According to the LGBT Religious Archives Network, Satin was raised as a boy in a Catholic family. The website explains that Satin knew of his "gender difference" at a young age but did not quite understand the problem or how to address it.
Satin, who was previously known as David, went to seminary for two years before dropping out after realizing that priestly ministry was not going to work. Satin then went to a Catholic high school. After graduating, he went to a Catholic college.
After college Satin worked as a director of a public relations firm and became a lay leader in the Roman Catholic Church. Satin retired at the age of 54 in order to explore his gender identity. After seeking help from a therapist, Satin began to adopt a transgender identity.
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