A Tennessean who recently became the state’s first transgender woman to be appointed to a local government board has been tapped to serve as the official timekeeper at the Democratic National Convention.
Marisa Richmond, a longtime Democratic activist from Nashville, said she believes the designation makes her the nation’s first transgender person to be a podium official at a major party convention.
It will give her a prime seat at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena for the four nights of speeches, culminating with the expected nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.
“It’s a personal honor and a privilege to be up there on the stage,” Richmond, 57, said. “I’ll be just a few feet away from all of the speakers all four nights. It’s literally one of the best seats there.
“It shows that this is easily the most trans-friendly convention ever,” she said. “It shows that this party has really made progress in terms of inclusion and diversity.”
The year’s DNC convention has a record 27 transgender delegates.
Source: USA Today | Joey Garrison