The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced on Tuesday that they hired Carmarion D. Anderson as their new Alabama state director.
“I am excited to join the Human Rights Campaign, especially at a time when it is vital for us to pursue and protect LGBTQ rights in Alabama and throughout the country,” said Anderson. “Now more than ever, it’s important for our community to stand together against any attacks on LGBTQ people and work toward a more fair, equal Alabama for all. Additionally, it’s important for our movement to reflect the diversity and challenges of its members. As a transgender woman of color, this is personal, and I’m looking forward to getting to work.”
Anderson is the first trans person of color to serve in a leadership role with HRC in the organization’s history.
The Texas native worked in public health and education, with a focus on HIV and AIDS prevention, before joining HRC.
She currently serves as the national co-minister and south region coordinator for TransSaints ministry of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a transgender-inclusive faith space. Anderson also served for 15 years as an associate minister at the Living Faith Covenant Church in Dallas, Texas.
She is the founder and former executive director of Black Transwomen, Inc., a national non-profit focused on uplifting the voices, hearts and souls of black transgender women.
“Carmarion brings an exceptional combination of experience, energy and sensitivity to guide HRC Alabama and nurture important relationships that will support the entire LGBTQ community across the state,” said Meghan Kissell, director of HRC’s Project One America.