Nashville mayor appoints first transgender city board member

Dr. Marisa Richmond (WZTV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has appointed a transgender woman to the Metro Human Relations Commission - an apparent first for Tennessee.

Media outlets report that Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday confirmed all 20 of Barry's board nominations, including voting unanimously to appoint Dr. Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition says Richmond is the first transgender person in the state's history to be named to a local government board or commission.

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.

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

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