Patricia Todd picked to be director of Human Rights Campaign Alabama

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Alabama’s only openly gay legislator is the new state director of a group that advocates for gay rights.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was introduced Friday as the new state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Alabama.

The Washington-based group calls itself the nation’s largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. It’s working on a project to increase acceptance of gays and lesbians in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Todd says the job is a continuance of her work for LGBTQ equality.

Project One America interim director Hayden Mora says Todd has a “unique combination of intellect, leadership, and moxie.”

Todd worked for the last 10 years at AIDS Alabama, most recently serving as the organization’s executive director.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.