Mayor Appoints First Transgender Board Member

Posted at 9:47 PM, May 19, 2016

Mayor Megan Barry appointed Nashville's first transgender woman, Marisa Richmond, to the Metro Human Relations Commission.

The unanimous appointment made history with Richmond becoming the state's first transgender person to ever be named to a local government board or commission.

The Human Relations Commission deals with resolving discrimination complaints and carrying out educational programs.

Mayor Barry released the following statement following the appointment.

“Marisa Richmond is a dedicated community leader who is a champion for equality and has been at the forefront of the discussion over transgender rights in Nashville and Tennessee. She will be a strong voice on the Metro Human Relations Commission for making sure Nashville remains a warm and welcoming city for all.”