Rodrigo Lehtinen

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Rodrigo Lehtinen (born Amanda Michelle Lehtinen on April 1, 1986 in Miami, Florida) is a Cuban-American, transgender LGBT rights advocate.[1]

Lehtinen is the elder child of lawyer Dexter Lehtinen and congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and is the first openly transgender child of a member of Congress.[2]

At Brown University Lehtinen was a member of Queer Alliance. While attending Brown University, he produced the documentary Free Within These Walls, about Cuban prisoners of conscience. Lehtinen was a field organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.[3] Later, he worked as the Membership Director at Gender Justice LA, a grassroots organization that works to build the power of the transgender community in Los Angeles through community organizing and leadership development.[4] He also worked in fundraising at Liberty Hill Foundation and organized a transgender leadership development conference with the Transgender Law Center. He is now a professional fundraiser at GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization.[5]


  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Rodrigo Lehtinen". Ambiente Magazine. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Son, The First Trans Child Of A Member Of Congress". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ * The Miami Herald; "Gay Rights Group will honor Two Lawmakers", by Steve Rothaus; March 17, 2010, p. 1B.
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  5. ^ "GLAAD's Staff". GLAAD. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 


  • "Ambiente Magazine"; Exclusive Interview with Rodrigo Lehtinen; February 1, 2015
  • Diario de las Americas; Evento de Reconocimiento an Amanda Lehtinen; November 19, 2009
  • Providence Journal; "Latin American Film Festival: Cuba in the Spotlight"; September 25, 2009
  • The Brown Daily Herald; "Tamer Starf*ck Yields Little Trouble" by Scott Lowenstein; March 19, 2007
  • The Miami Herald; "How Family, Job Altered Politico's Stance on Gays"; May 24, 2003, p. 1E