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Far-left Philly mayor appoints first transgender woman of color to run his LGBT Affairs office


'Trans folks are not being accepted,' Celena Morrison said. 'They are not accepted within the LGBT community. They are also not accepted within the black community.'

Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images (left); YouTube screenshot (right)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday appointed the first-ever transgender woman of color to run his Office of LGBT Affairs, KYW-AM reported.

What are the details?

Celena Morrison — slated to start as executive director in March — will "drive the city's LGBT policy and community engagement and educate and advise the mayor's office and the city about the needs of LGBT individuals at work, in the community and beyond," the station said.

"While Philadelphia is known as a progressive, LGBTQ-friendly city, we still have work to do," Kenney said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Celena to build a more inclusive city for our residents."

Morrison added to the station that being transgender and black will be an asset when it comes to the job's demands of dealing with issues of race and gender.

"Trans folks are not being accepted," Morrison told KYW. "They are not accepted within the LGBT community. They are also not accepted within the black community. That double marginalization calls for a different type of support."

The North Carolina native has been a "progressive LGBT advocate in Philadelphia for a decade," the station reported, adding that Morrison was director of programs at William Way LGBT Community Center for two years and began serving on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations in 2018.

Here's a brief clip of Morrison from 2017:


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