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Nominee could be first out LGBTQ FCC commissioner

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President Joe Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to a Federal Communications Commission seat on Tuesday, Oct. 26. If confirmed, she would be the first out LGBTQ member of the commission.

“Gigi is poised to make history as the first out LGBTQ commissioner at the FCC, but more important is that nobody is more qualified than her to tackle the breadth of issues the FCC faces in the near future,” said Ruben Gonzales, executive director of the LGBTQ Victory Institute. “Not long ago, appointing an LGBTQ person to such a key position would be considered a political liability. Yet the Biden administration is building the most LGBTQ-inclusive administration ever and is proving they can do so while appointing the best possible people for each position.”

The LGBTQ Victory Institute works to get LGBTQ people elected and appointed to public office.

Sohn is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy, is a Benton Senior Fellow & Public Advocate, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Locast. From 2013 to 2016, she was counselor to the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and advised him on a wide range of internet, telecommunications and media issues.

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