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Paula Overby Vies For Seat As Minnesota's First Openly Transgender Candidate

OverbyPaula Overby — a quality assurance analyst from Eagan, Minnesota — has begun collecting signatures to file as a Democratic candidate in the 2014 elections for the state's second congressional district. If she qualifies, she will be the state's first openly transgender candidate.

Overby has pledged her full commitment to her campaign, though she has never been a political candidate or held elected office. However, to win the actual seat she'll first have to win a primary against Democratic challengers Thomas Craft and former state senate Representative Mike Obermueller, and then win the final race against the six-time Republican incumbent John Kline.

Kline beat Obermueller in the November 2012 elections 54 to 46 percent in a 52 percent Republican-leaning district.

According to ontheissues.org, Kline has voted against gay employment protections. twice in favor of amending the constitution with a gay marriage ban and has a 0 percent rating on gay issues from the Human Rights Campaign.

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  1. Wow. Just what we need. A tranny candidate running in a competitive seat that we have a shot at winning. Yeah right. She/he can't win a general election in a republican leaning seat if she's a freak show. I'm sorry, but I like to win elections not make statements with them.

    Posted by: Jimmy | Aug 13, 2013 12:28:20 PM

  2. Off Topic :

    That's a beautiful photograph in the banner up-top.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 13, 2013 12:32:22 PM

  3. trust a story about an Out and Proud transgendered person to evoke rage, jealousy, bitterness and (i dare say) insecure feelings of emasculation from this site's resident closeted gay man.

    kudos to Paula, whose courage and resilience should be inspiring millions of people, and not just other transgendered people, to stop living in fear of what others think and to go out and claim your own lives.

    she's doing it. it's not her fault some of you won't.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 13, 2013 12:41:49 PM

  4. Great news! Good luck to her!

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 13, 2013 1:05:35 PM

  5. Big non-story. She's not going to win the primary. Even leaving aside her gender identity disorder, she has no experience, no support base and no money.

    Of course, we did witness the very first openly "trans" person elected to a state legislature last year. What happened to this Jackie Robinson of transgender? Why haven't you heard much about her? Well, it turns out that she had a criminal past, like many trans activists do. She lied about her past to conceal her crimes, and was forced resigned her office very shortly after being elected. Didn't stop her from trying to play the victim card, but no one cared.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 13, 2013 2:52:48 PM

  6. Yes, obviously because one trans person has a criminal past, all do. Also, were you aware that the plural of anecdote is data? I love how the general argument around here against trans-centric progress is that some shadowy cabal of "trans activists" are gonna sneak in while you're asleep and eat your children, or whatever. If you express opposition to that concept, then you are automatically "one of them", along with all the attendant characteristics. You think trans people should get equal treatment in healthcare? Then you must be a dangerous ex-con who threatens people with violence.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 13, 2013 3:34:34 PM

  7. Poor TheDrDonna, you have no arguments at all. You only have diversion tactics.

    Eat babies? No. Don't believe anyone is worried about that. But harass and intimidate lesbians at their music festival? Threaten a gay filmmaker? Throw a heavy glass jar at Dan Savage's head? Harass an author writing on gender identity to the point where the police have to be called at a book signing? Firebomb a bank? Yep, trans activists own that. Funny how not one trans activist group has denounced this domestic terrorism.

    As for criminality, no one said that all trans people have criminal pasts. I said that many trans activists do. Try reading the actual words to which you are responding. As for trans crime more generally, NGLTF's recent report shows trans incarceration rates much, much higher than that of the general population, and that is true even after "discrimination" is factored out.

    So that's the reality. Deal with it. Why don't you tell your fellow trans activists to stop attacking LGBs and to stop committing crimes? Try to contribute something positive to your community for a change.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 13, 2013 4:20:28 PM

  8. Jack: those incidents, when they did happen (since some were sensationalized to demonize trans folk) were roundly criticized. You would be hard pressed to find a reputable voice claiming that those were justified acts. Maybe you didn't understand my sarcasm: the plural of anecdote is not data, and a group of people shouldn't be painted by the actions of a few troublemakers.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 13, 2013 4:42:50 PM

  9. "You would be hard pressed to find a reputable voice claiming that those were justified acts."

    I am not sure what reputable voice means in the context of trans activists. But in any event, you are just confirming that no trans activist denounced any of these violent acts. Silence is not acceptable. Nor is belittling the violence or suggesting that it was sensationalized. All of those violent actions occurred. They were real and they had real victims. You clearly do not care about the victims of trans violence and care only about the public relations impact.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 13, 2013 5:48:20 PM

  10. Why, because I wasn't there, telling them to stop? How deluded must you be to put the blame for some jerkoff's act of violence at my feet? And I specified "overhyped" because there were incidents, like that bank attack, that occurred because of outside forces, in that instance anarchists, but bigots like you were all too ready to pin the blame on trans people. You claim not to be prejudiced against trans people, just "trans activists". How can someone be trans and advocate better treatment for trans folk without being classified as one of your bogeymen? Because as far as I can tell, you just demonize anyone who tries to do exactly that.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 13, 2013 6:06:59 PM

  11. "How can someone be trans and advocate better treatment for trans folk without being classified as one of your bogeymen?"

    They are not bogeymen. They are very real and the evidence of their violence and dysfunction are all around you. BTW, your run-of-the-mill anarchist does not firebomb a bank in order to support a non-anarchist trans killer 2,000 miles away. Wells Fargo was certain enough that this was the work of trans activists that it cancelled participation in the Portland OR pride parade in order to protect its employees from trans activists. Which of course means that Portland LGBs are once again lost out because of their linkage with trans activists. Don't try to smear anarchists with what was obviously an act of trans terrorism.

    How could someone advocate for trans rights the right way? How about by: treating people with respect, explaining your case rationally and in a civil tone, taking responsibility for your actions, respecting the views of others, and appealing to universal values like fairness? That might work better than: hijacking the LGB movement, demanding that LGBs do your work and solve your problems, creating labels for non-trans people without their consent, riding roughshod over peoples' concerns, haranguing and name-calling, harassment and violence.

    We both know that the trans movement will never change their approach because, with a very few exceptions, trans activists live in a state of rage and are mentally and emotionally incapable of putting forth their case in a positive manner.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 13, 2013 9:13:18 PM

  12. So, what you mean is that my response to you unthread should have been more civil, been though you were using insulting vocabulary, calling trans folks freak shows, and implying that she's a criminal and disordered? Get real. Are you aware of something called tone policing? Maybe you should go find that definition, although I have no doubt you'll use your response to further impugn me and other trans folk. You sound like the bigots working against marriage equality, even if the arena of this particular battle is different.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Aug 13, 2013 9:39:55 PM

  13. Jimmy, Given the known which is that the other Democrat already lost to the Republican incumbent, then logic would dictate a different approach. The worst that can happen is that Democrats will not win the seat, but a successful and socially acceptable transgender person will have shown intelligence, community spirit, and good citizenship.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 13, 2013 10:21:13 PM

  14. See? You proved me right.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 13, 2013 11:35:51 PM

  15. "Wells Fargo was certain enough that this was the work of trans activists that it cancelled participation in the Portland OR pride parade in order to protect its employees from trans activists. Which of course means that Portland LGBs are once again lost out because of their linkage with trans activists. "

    @ Jack: I want a link/citation for this. What happened?

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 14, 2013 1:34:15 AM

  16. @Zeta: http://m.colorlines.com/archives/2012/06/wells_fargo_hit_with_molotov_cocktail_in_solidarity_with_cece_mcdonald.html

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 14, 2013 2:39:25 AM

  17. Ugh, that doesn't look like it worked. Here, try this instead:

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 14, 2013 2:41:17 AM

  18. Thanks for posting that link TheDrDonna. Zeta, that article gives you the gist; you can google for more news if you like. Shortly after this happened, Wells Fargo cancelled its participation in the Portland OR pride parade and festival.
    Of course, you won't find anything about it on Towleroad, since there must be censorship of any news that doesn't reflect the PC narrative of trans activists as humble, put-upon saints.

    TheDrDonna, is it any wonder that you selected perhaps the only article on the internet discussing the trans terrorist attack which doesn't report that "CeCe" is actually a killer who stabbed a man to death and then lied to police about what happened? According to article that you selected CeCe is nothing more than a hapless "young black trans woman" who is being incarcerated for no particular reason. I guess that probably reflects how a lot of trans activists view trans criminal acts against "cis" LGBs and "cis" straights - no harm, no victim, no foul.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 14, 2013 3:23:53 AM

  19. For educational purposes:

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 14, 2013 11:18:46 AM

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