Monday, July 12, 2010

Duchy Trachtenberg & Dana Beyer

Transgender seeks millions for 'distress' and damages

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/10/2010 4:15:00 AMBookmark and Share

transgender symbolA Montgomery County man who has made a physical change to the opposite gender has filed a lawsuit against his Maryland county for reaping "emotional distress."


The Maryland province gained national attention when it passed an ordinance protecting transgendered people, meaning a man who says he is a woman can use public facilities reserved for females -- restrooms, for example.

Wayne Beyer, who now goes by the name "Dana Beyer," is a transgendered individual who serves as policy advisor to Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg. He has now brought suit against the county.

Michelle Turner, spokesperson for Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government (CRG), tells OneNewsNow the lawsuit is designed to muddy the water over an investigation.

"The original complaint filed with Montgomery County had to do with Dana Byer's interference with a petition drive where 'she' attempted to prevent citizens of Montgomery County from learning about the petition as our groups were set up in various areas around the county," Turner explains.

The purpose of the petition drive, Turner explains, was to give voters a chance to decide whether they wanted special rights for transgendered people. "As a result, a complaint was filed through the ethics department here in Montgomery County, and they investigated [and] found that there was interference on 'her' part as a senior aid to Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg," the CRG spokesperson reports. Both claim "legislative privilege" and have refused to answer questions from the ethics department.


Beyer is now running for a position on the county council and claims harassment over his new gender in his lawsuit. He is asking for $4 million for "emotional distress" and $1 million in economic damages caused by the probe.





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