Group wants apology from Letterman over joke about transgender - Tucson News Now

Group wants apology from Letterman over joke about transgender Tucsonan

NEW YORK (CBS) - A gay rights group wants the David Letterman show to apologize for making fun of a transgender appointee to Obama's cabinet.

In his monologue Tuesday, Letterman remarked that Amanda Simpson, a transgender woman, had been appointed to work in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.

As a photograph of Simpson was shown, announcer Alan Kalter shouted, "What? Amanda? Amanda used to be a dude?"

Simpson had lived in Tucson for 15 years before moving to Washington, D.C. to take the job.

She has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, most recently in advanced technology development at Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems.

Simpson has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for 30 years, and most recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon.

Raytheon spokesman John Patterson said the company embraces differences.

"Raytheon is proud of its commitment to diversity," he said. "The company has created an atmosphere where everyone feels valued and empowered to perform at a peak level, regardless of the many ways people are different."

He went on to congratulate Simpson for her promotion.

"We wish Amanda Simpson the best in her new role."

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