A nonpartisan initiative announced by the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute on February 20 aims to increase the number of openly LGBT professionals appointed to positions in the next presidential administration. Called the Presidential Appointments Project, the effort plans to accomplish its goal by collecting in one convenient location the names and resumes of qualified professionals who are ready to accept politically appointed positions.
With help from the Human Rights Campaign, the Task Force and the National Stonewall Democrats, GLLI will use this information to identify, recruit and vet openly LGBT applicants for thousands of executive branch positions that will be filled with political appointees of the yet-to-be-elected president of the United States. The results will be presented to the administration after the November election, during the transitional period before
Potential appointees who are openly LGBT and want to be considered should submit their online applications as soon as possible. A special Web site has been created for this purpose, as well as for general information about the project: glli.org/presidential.
The coordinators of the Presidential Appointments Project intend to ensure diversity in the next presidential administration and promote the visibility of the LGBT community, whether the administration is Democrat or Republican.