Tenn. Democrats Laud DNC Role For Transgender Official

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 13:41:24-04

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.