Michael Crawford

First Black Transgender Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

Filed By Michael Crawford | March 29, 2008 4:28 PM | comments

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Marisa Richmond is set to become the first Black transgender person to be seated as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Richmond, a college history professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will be a delegate for Hillary Clinton.

Richmond is politically active in several arenas. She's president of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and a registered lobbyist at the state capitol. On Super Tuesday, Richmond became the first openly transgender person to win an election in Tennessee, and is now the Davidson County Democratic Committeewoman, representing District 23. She also serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Equality Project.

It is possible that other transgender delegates will join Richmond in Denver for the convention. As National Stonewall Democrats communications director John Marble noted in the Washington Blade, some states won't have the names of their delegates until late June.

In 2004 there were four transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention.


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I don't know who will be inside but Queers Without Borders, Hartford Ct. will be joing thousands of others outside in protest.

Way to go Marisa! Our own Marti Abernathey is looking like she'll be a delegate for Indiana too!

I am very happy for Marisa. Been to the convention in 2004, done that. (I was one of the four elected trans delegates.) This year I'm planning on going as a reporter for Transgender Tapestry. You get to go to places the delegates can't.