The mayor of Alabama's largest city has hired its first LGBTQ liaison.
AL.com reports Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced yesterday at PrideFest that Josh Coleman will serve as both a city spokesman and a representative of LGBTQ interests. Coleman is currently the vice president of Central Alabama Pride, and will start his new city job on June 25.
Woodfin says Coleman's appointment upholds the legacy of "the city that taught the world the importance of inclusion."
Coleman will focus on the public safety of LGBTQ communities. He says the creation of this role contributes to "having an open, fair and inclusive city."
The mayor also plans to create an Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity, but further details haven't been released.