Obama Appoints Transgender Woman to Faith-based Advisory Council-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
President Obama has appointed Barbara Satin, a transgender woman and former member of the United Church of Christ’s executive council, to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships
This one is true.
The White House announced that Barbara Satin became the first transgender woman to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships on May 12th, and news quickly spread across the Web:
Barbara Satin, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Barbara Satin is the Assistant Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is an active member of the United Church of Christ and served on the denomination’s Executive Council as its first openly transgender member. Ms. Satin recently worked on the development of Spirit on Lake, a LGBTQ senior housing project in Minneapolis. She served on the Board of Directors for OutFront Minnesota from 2001 to 2008 and has served as Chair of GLBT Generations since 1999. She has also served on the Board of Directors of PFund Foundation, a regional LGBTQ community foundation advancing social justice in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, since 2013.
Obama created the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships through an executive order in February 2009, two weeks after he took office. It had the same administrative structure as President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-based and Community initiatives.
The goals of Obama’s advisory council, according to the White House, are to establish best practices for delivering social services, to evaluate needed improvements in the implementation and coordination of public policies, and to make recommendations on changes to policies, programs and practices.