In a week in which transgender issues have been debated nationally, an apparent first for Tennessee occurred on Tuesday when a transgender woman was appointed to a local government commission.

Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday confirmed all 20 of Mayor Megan Barry’s board nominations and reappointments, including voting unanimously to appoint Marisa Richmond to the Metro Human Relations Commission.

That made Richmond not only the first transgender person in Nashville’s history to be named to a local government board or commission — but the first in the entire state, according to the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. Her commission term expires in three years.