May 1, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Group led by Michelle Rhee honors anti-gay lawmaker
Michelle Rhee, gay news, Washington Blade

A group headed by former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has given an anti-gay lawmaker its ‘reformer of the year’ award. (Photo public domain)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—LGBT rights advocates have criticized former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee over her group’s decision to honor a Tennessee lawmaker who co-authored the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Daily Kos on April 26 reported StudentsFirst chose state Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) as its 2012 “reformer of the year” in the Volunteer State. Votesmart.org also notes StudentsFirst contributed $6,500 to the Republican’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Ragan’s measure once again died in a Tennessee House subcommittee in March.

Rhee resigned as chancellor of the nation’s capital’s public schools in 2010 after current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defeated then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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