By Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The first black and openly lesbian state lawmaker plans to resign from office in Georgia.

State Rep. Simone Bell submitted a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday, and her resignation is official on Nov. 13. Bell says in a statement that she has accepted a position with Lambda Legal, working for LGBT people across the South.

Bell won a special election in 2009 in Georgia’s 58th District. She was honored by the White House in 2013 along with nine other LGBT officials.



She previously worked as a community health educator and health care administrator.

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