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‘Gayborhoods’ Get Sliced and Diced by New State Redistricting Plans



Photographer: Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

Tennessee state representative Torrey Harris (D), one of only two openly gay legislators in state history, saw his district sliced and diced throughout the current redistricting cycle, stripping out the gay voters who propelled him into office.

Harris noticed that, on top of losing Black voters from North Memphis in exchange for South Memphis voters who may not know or trust him yet, many openly LGBTQ voters were also removed from his district as the state’s primary election approaches.