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NJ Gov. Murphy Appoints First Openly Transgender Cabinet Member

Governor Phil Murphy
Allison Chris Myers

Allison Chris Myers will become the first openly transgender person in state history to serve as a Cabinet member in New Jersey. This week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Myers’ appointment as Chair of the Civil Services Commission, effective Jan. 1.

From the New Jersey Desk, WHYY's Tennyson Donyea has more on how important this moment is for some in the transgender community, and ways the state can continue to make life better for people in the LGBTQ community.

(Original air-date: 12/11/22)

Tennyson Donyéa is an award-winning journalist who joined WHYY in October 2021. He covers politics in New Jersey, a state he has called home for several years. Prior to joining WHYY, Donyéa reported for television and print outlets on both U.S. coasts. Donyéa is the head curator for “Black in Jersey,” a social media brand aiming to engage Black millennials and Gen Zers in the Garden State. In 2016, he graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in media studies and production.