Who’s got a big tent now? This election season, for the first time, the Democratic National Committee will include a transgendered African-Amercian delegate.
Marisa Richmond, long a veteran of election-year politics and conventions and a professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University, won’t be the only transgendered member of the convention; the DNC’s chairman, Howard Dean, has also appointed Diego Sanchez to a committee, making Sanchez the first transgendered platform committee member and the first to be called up by a DNC chairman.
In a Mar. 26 article, the Washington Blade reports that Richmond has been active in politics–she worked on Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980–longer than she’s lived as a woman, having made the M-to-F transition in 2001 when she was 42 years old.