Tennessee Democrats laud DNC role for transgender official

Tennessee Democrats laud DNC role for transgender official

July 25th, 2016 by Associated Press in Politics Local

Megan Barry speaks to supporters after she was declared the winner in the Nashville mayor's race Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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NASHVILLE — The first transgender person to be named to a Tennessee government board or commission has been named the official podium timekeeper at the Democratic National Convention.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry appointed Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission in May. Richmond is a Nashville resident, a professor in the history department at Middle Tennessee State University and former president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

State Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini said Monday that she was thrilled by Richmond's selection for the timekeeping role. Mancini said Richmond has been "one of the strongest advocates for the LGBTQ community in Tennessee and across the country for many years."

The 17-member commission in Nashville oversees the human relations department, which is tasked with resolving discrimination complaints and carrying out educational programs.


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