Meet the New White House Li-GAYS-on, Raul Alvillar
The White House named Raul Alvillar as the government’s new interim LGBT liaison on Wednesday. Alvillar, 33, comes from the Office of the Vice President and a long political career in New Mexico. He’s replacing Brian Bond, the former HIV-positive ‘mo who was at President Obama’s side when he signed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal.
The Washington Blade broke the story Wednesday, saying:
A White House spokesperson confirmed that Alvillar will hope over from Vice President Joe Biden’s office to serve as a temporary replacement for Brian Bond, the current LGBT liaison.
Bond, is considered by most to have knocked it out of the park during his stint on the job (Sup DADT?) and is now headed to the Democratic National Committee.
“Following Brian’s departure from the White House to his new position at the DNC, we will have a full-time liaison to the LGBT community in the Office of Public Engagement in October,” Shin Inouye said. “In the interim, Raul Alvillar from the Office of the Vice President will serve as the point of contact for the LGBT community for OPE.”
While he is in fact gay, his body of political work relating to LGBT issues is a little scarce. While he did assist Obama in 2008 with LGBT outreach and LGBT super delegates, that’s no match for former LGBT liaison Brian Bond’s work in the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which seeks to train and elect out LGBT candidates for public office.
Not to mention, Bond is HIV-positive and took a personal interest in the administration’s HIV research.
It’s not clear whether this new guy can stand up to the Bond of the past, or exactly how much he can get done in a month or if he’ll even remain the permanent liaison, but perhaps this change of scenery in the will help keep up the momentum of LGBT policy and change in our country. Sing it, Sheryl.