Lesbian Named to Top Clinton Post

Clinton’s administration announced on Oct. 1 that longtime lesbian activist Virginia Apuzzo had been appointed to one of 18 Assistant to the President positions, making her the highest-ranking openly gay or lesbian person ever in the government.

Apuzzo will work in Management and Administration, directing White House management and administrative functions and overseeing all Executive Offices agencies. She has been head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Mario Cuomo’s liason to the lesbian and gay community in New York, and Vice Chair of the NY AIDS Advisory Council.

Brian Bond, executive director of the Victory Fund, said “By judging applicants on their qualifications rather than their sexual orientation, President Clinton continues to set a shining example for all fair-minded employers to follow.”


PlanetOut - October 2, 1997

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