Gautam Raghavan, deputy White House liaison at the Department of Defense, will soon begin working as the full-time LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
The position was held for two years by Brian Bond, who has moved to the Democratic National Committee. The White House hasn’t made its official announcement yet, so it’s not clear what Raghavan’s exact title will be. However, informed advocates say he’s beyond qualified for the job, having worked with many leaders on LGBT equality and managed the DADT repeal process.
The Los Angeles Unified School District this week approved a program specifically implemented to address and stop antigay bullying in schools.
The ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Anti-Bullying Resolution’ states that school staff should intervene when they witness incidents of bias or harassment, and that school curriculum should include age-appropriate positive images of LGBT people.
“Every single person has value and every single person has dignity regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of their religion or their political orientation or their sexual orientation,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy told KTLA.