Some of America’s biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights groups have come together to launch the Presidential Appointments Project.

Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Stonewall Democrats are all part of the project.

It is designed to help grow the pool of openly LGBT professionals who would be qualified and ready to accept politically appointed positions in the next US Presidential administration.

The project is being led by Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute (GLLI), an organisation that provides training and executive development to LGBT elected, appointed and community officials.

“Our goal is to make sure all Americans have an equal voice in their government,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of GLLI.

“Through public service, our community demonstrates a commitment to making our country a better place for all its citizens and for every kind of family.

“In 1996, we worked closely with the second Clinton administration to identify gays and lesbians who were qualified to serve the president.

“We stand ready to help whoever is elected this November.”

GLLI will identify, recruit and vet openly LGBT applicants for thousands of executive branch positions that will be filled with political appointees after the next President is sworn in on January 20th 2009.

A website has been created for the project: www.glli.org/presidential