I developed political analysis and strategy in Maryland to advocate for a statewide law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. I also advocated for rights based on sexual orientation at the municipal level in Maryland.
I was one of the original critics of the “gender identity” bills first forth by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force around 1997. The weakness in this legislation informs my political views.
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