Friday, Aug. 13, 2010
Ruth Jacobs: Who really would win if District 18 candidate is elected?
The Gazette story ("Gay candidates seek record voice in legislature," June 18) documents the assistance provided to political candidates solely on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
The website for "The Fund" states, "The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change
But even without being elected, Dana Beyer, who is a male-to-female transgender seeking office in District 18, already has changed
Supported by "The Fund," Beyer has relied on approximately 75 percent of out-of-state campaign donations in her mandate to "change
Few are aware of the role Dana Beyer played in preventing citizens from collecting signatures to place the gender identity bill on a referendum so
During the signature collection period, Beyer threatened potential signers by telling them that their names would be posted on the Internet as bigots if they dared to sign the petition and confirmed in a newspaper story that she had successfully blocked signature collection efforts at grocery stores. Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government (MCRG) released a video and press release of Beyer intimidating volunteers collecting signatures. See
When the Montgomery County Board of Elections certified the referendum to allow citizens to vote on the gender identity bill, Beyer threatened in a blog that the County Council should defund the elections board for certifying the referendum. Beyer and her Equality Maryland then promoted a legal challenge to void the referendum, which disenfranchised the more than 26,000 certified citizen signatures and consequently half a million
A self-proclaimed activist, Beyer has now sued
When "The Fund" proclaims that it works to elect LGBT leaders to public office only to change
We can see Dana Beyer's political record in
Ruth Jacobs, an infectious disease physician practicing in Rockville, is president of the organization