May 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm EDT | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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