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Mr. Obama made Miss Feldblum a recess appointment in March after an anonymous hold in the Senate stalled her confirmation for months.
Another target for conservatives was Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, who was named to oversee the Education Department’s office of safe & drug free schools. More than 50 House Republicans asked Mr. Obama to remove Mr. Jennings from the post after reports surfaced about advice he gave more than 20 years earlier after learning a gay student had sex with an older man.
Mr. Jennings conceded that he should have consulted medical or legal authorities instead of telling the 15-year-old boy that he hoped he had used a condom. The Obama administration defended Mr. Jennings and declined to remove him.
It was in early 2008 that the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute focused its Presidential Appointments Project on steering thousands of resumes of qualified gay professionals to White House jobs. Mr. Dison said that push has helped increase the numbers, though it certainly helped to have a more receptive White House.
Mr. Cole, of the Human Rights Campaign, called the increase a welcome development, but said there is more focus on real legislative gains, such as ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex partnerships.
“For a community that is denied their equality, there will continue to be frustration at the pace of change,” he said.
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