Washington Blade reported that Raghavan announced his decision in an email to colleagues: “As I make this transition, I find myself more hopeful than ever that big change (yes, the kind we can believe in!) is possible – because I’ve seen it happen. This kind of change can sometimes be slow, challenging, and frustrating. But when fierce advocates, unyielding activists, dedicated public servants, and strong allies work together, we can – and will – bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”
During his three-year tenure at the White House, Raghavan oversaw major changes within the administration, including the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision against the Defense of Marriage Act and the signing of an executive order barring LGBT discrimination among federal contractors. Prior to his job as White House LGBT liaison, Raghavan worked as the Deputy White House Liaison to the Pentagon. In that role, he facilitated communications between LGBT advocates, the White House and the Defense Department during the process for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and implementation of open service. In total, Raghavan served within the administration for five-and-a-half years, said the Blade.