Obama Picks Two Filipino Advisers

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WASHINGTON—President Obama has appointed two prominent Filipino Americans as White House advisers on Asian-American issues.

Rozita Villanueva Lee, a familiar face on Capitol Hill during the fight for Filipino World War II veterans' rights, and Hector Vargas, Jr., a well-known gay rights activist, were named as new members of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Lee is national vice chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA), an umbrella of various Fil-Am organizations across the United States.

Vargas is executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA), which claims to have a membership of more than 2,000 medical professionals spread over 50 states and 12 countries.