Lesbian Activist Short-listed for Possible Cabinet Position

mbmaxwellOut of the closet and into the cabinet, that’s what I say!

Mary Beth Maxwell could become America’s first openly gay cabinet member if chosen to lead the Department of Labor in Barack Obama’s administration. Maxwell is the founding executive director of the labor organization American Rights at Work, established in 2003. Before that she was a national field director at Jobs With Justice and the deputy field director of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Though Maxwell is one of several candidates being vetted for the secretary position, Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan congressman David Bonior, and California congresswoman Linda Sánchez may be higher-profile nominees. Big names already chosen for the cabinet include Hillary Clinton for secretary of State, Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security secretary, and Robert Gates to continue as Defense secretary.

Read the full story here, in The Advocate.

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