August 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm EDT | by Kevin Naff
Melissa Etheridge raising money for Md. lawmaker
Heather Mizeur

Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur and singer Melissa Etheridge struck up a friendship during the 2008 presidential election. (Washington Blade photo Michael Key)

Lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to host a fundraising reception for Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D) on Aug. 9 in Baltimore.

Mizeur is a lesbian running for re-election to the House of Delegates, where she has represented Takoma Park and Silver Spring since 2007.

Etheridge, who will be in Baltimore for a concert at Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 9, will host a pre-concert meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. for Mizeur supporters. Tickets are $1,000 and mostly sold out, according to Mizeur, who added that donors interested in attending should contact her campaign directly. Attendance is being capped at “no more than 20,” she said.

For those who can’t afford the $1,000 price tag, the campaign is offering a chance to win a ticket in an online raffle. To enter, visit and make a $5 donation. One winner will be chosen to attend the reception and concert.

Mizeur met Etheridge during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were wooing the votes of Democratic superdelegates during the primary, including Mizeur. Etheridge called Mizeur on behalf of Obama’s campaign.

“We hit it off on the phone, because of our shared love of politics,” Mizeur said. “She’s a mid-Westerner and we have the same values and got on really well.” The two met that June at a concert and have become friends. Etheridge stayed with Mizeur and her partner during Obama’s inauguration.

Mizeur, reacting to last month’s news that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to introduce a marriage equality bill during the 2012 legislative session, said the announcement provides a “significant boost for our efforts.”

“We really do believe his sponsorship of the bill is the shot of momentum we need to win support for the bill this session,” she said. “There’s no bigger megaphone in the capital than the governor’s office.”


Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

1 Comment
  • Etheridge apparently doesn’t know this woman’s politics. So what if she’s a lesbian? Does that mean we should blindly vote for her? I won’t and I know how she votes and thinks. She raises taxes and votes for legislation that’s upper class friendly. She a D.I.N.O.

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