Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Photo: Facebook

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Photo: Facebook

The White House has hired its first openly transgender member of staff – a woman who served on the Jewish student union in her home town of Minneapolis, writes James Graham.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will join the personnel department. Her mother Marion said: “I sent a son abroad for his junior year of college – by the time I visited Norway in May, I was visiting a daughter.”

Mara Keisling, formerly of the National Centre for Transgender Equality, has said: “A transgender person was inevitably going to work in the White House. It is seen as a great step towards greater transgender equality… That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of colour is itself significant.”