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They're beautiful, they're successful, they're trend-setters, they're policy changers, and they're all transgender! This sections features the transwomen that have excelled in the arts, business, politics, science, advocacy and/or activism. They are transgender women that have made an impact on the world around them. Our staff seeks out these women to interview. Also see trans-History.

Diego Sanchez

Diego Transman Making a Difference on Capital Hill.

Diego Sanchez is used to being labeled "the first transgender," and he doesn't mind. He's happy to pave the way.

"If no one is first, then there can't be a second," jokes Sanchez, 52, who—yes—is the first transgender person hired for a senior congressional position on Capitol Hill and is busy tackling healthcare reform and employment-discrimination issues as an aide to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

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Transgender Woman Appointed by President

Barack Obama has chosen Amanda Simpson as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce.

Simpson has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, most recently serving as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.

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