The Biden-Harris campaign has named a transgender veteran and Obama administration alum to its transition team.
Shawn Skelly, a U.S. Navy veteran who served on active duty for more than 20 years, will join President-Elect Joe Biden’s team as a Department of Defense agency review member, the Washington Blade reports. Her appointment was confirmed in a news release that went out Tuesday, November 11.
Under President Barack Obama, Skelly served as director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat at the Department of Transportation, making the first openly trans presidential appointee in U.S. history. She is also a co-founder of Out in National Security, a resource group for LGBTQ national security professionals.
— Shawn Skelly (@ShawnGSkelly) November 8, 2020
Skelly’s appointment is in line with Biden’s promise build the most diverse and LGBTQ-inclusive presidential team in history. The Democrat’s campaign has already made strides for diversity: His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is America’s first Black woman vice president-elect. Harris’ chief of staff pick, Karine Jean-Pierre, is also an out lesbian.
The announcement also comes after mounting pressure from LGBTQ advocates on Biden to reverse President Donald Trump’s now-infamous transgender military ban. As NewNowNext previously reported, the President-Elect has already vowed to reverse the transphobic rule and advance pro-LGBTQ policies like the LGBTQ Equality Act.