NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mayor Megan Barry has appointed the state of Tennessee’s first transgender city board member.
By a unanimous voice vote, Dr. Marisa Richmond was appointed to the Metro Human Relations Commission.
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition congratulated Richmond on its Facebook page.
“We hope trans people from across the state will consider stepping up in community leadership roles in your communities as well,” the group said.
Dr. Richmond, who is a history professor at Middle Tennessee State University, has lobbied for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.
News 2 spoke with her Thursday, where she weighed in on the debate over transgender bathroom laws.
“The people who are sexual predators, they were doing this before the issue of trans people in bathrooms ever came up,” explained Dr. Richmond. “You’re not allowed to segregate any person from any group simply because of their differences.”
Dr. Richmond went on to say that her appointment to the city board is a meaningful victory that gives young people who are transgender a voice.