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I just found out from the Human Rights Campaign that Obama has chosen Fred Hochberg to be the head of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank.

"The chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States is an important position in President-elect Obama's economic team. Fred is one of the most highly qualified and experienced public servants in our community and the fact that President-elect Obama has tapped him for such an important economic position speaks well for the LGBT community," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
This is a real job, and a great choice. This is very good. It doesn't negate there not being anyone openly gay in the Cabinet. Clinton had senior openly gay staff back in 1992 (also not in the Cabinet), so Obama's appointments are not breaking any glass ceilings, they're simply keeping pace with what Bill Clinton already accomplished 16 years ago. Don't get me wrong, this is good news, and I want to acknowledge it, but I still believe we can do better than civil rights circa 1992.

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