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30 April 2008

Press Release

April 28, 2008


Contact Information:
Jack Valinski
Cell: 713-459-9927

Jenifer Pool
Cell: 832-594-8420

President of Caucus Named to City Commission

“Jenifer Pool becomes First Transgender Person Appointed to a City Position”

HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenifer Rene Pool, President of the Caucus, to the City of Houston’s Building and Standards Commission.

Jenifer Rene Pool was appointed by Mayor Bill White and unanimously confirmed by City Council to serve on the Buildings and Standards Commission. The first transgendered person to serve in an appointed position in the City of Houston, Jenifer’s expertise will allow her to do her duties on the Commission, the purpose of which is hearing and determining cases concerning alleged violations of ordinances relating to dangerous buildings and vector conditions.

“As a Professional Engineer who could not get a job with the City in 1976 because I was transgendered, and as the architect of the 1980 repeal of the City ordinance that made all transgenders subject to arrest, I am very satisfied with the positive changes in City government as evidenced by Ms. Pool’s talents and education being fully utilized in this manner,” said Phyllis Randolph Frye, a recognized leader in the national GLBT civil rights movement, and a partner in the Houston law firm of Simoneaux and Frye, PLLC.

“To be nominated by the Mayor and unanimously elected by City Council, shows the high regard they hold for Jenifer’s expertise and leadership skills in the Caucus and the community,” said Maria C. Gonzalez, Vice President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. The Honorable Jenifer Rene Pool will serve a two year term on the Commission.

The Caucus meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The monthly meeting is held at the Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama. Visitors are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting to learn more about the Caucus. For more information about the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Caucus events, or volunteer opportunities call 713-521-1000, email, or visit our web site at


Way to go, Jenifer!

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