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Transgender veteran once again running for Congress in Md.

Mia Mason is seeking Congressman David Trone’s seat



Mia Mason (Photo courtesy of Mia Mason for Congress)

Transgender military veteran Mia Mason announced July 9 that she is running for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the 2024 cycle. 

This is her third time running for Congress, as she also ran for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District in 2020 and 2022. Mason, if elected, would be Maryland’s first openly LGBTQ member of Congress and the first trans military veteran in Congress.

Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride, who is also trans, is running for Congress in her state. She and Mason would be the first openly trans women in Congress if they were to win their respective races.

Incumbent Democrat David Trone announced earlier this year that he is running for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, leaving the Democratic primary open. State Del. Joe Vogel (D-Montgomery County), who also hopes to be Maryland’s first openly LGBTQ member of Congress, is one of the five other candidates who are seeking the Democratic nomination.

“I’m a military service member who has served my country and I’ve had to fight for equity and equality,” Mason told the Washington Blade during a recent interview. “I wish to continue that fight in Congress by becoming the first trans military veteran in Congress.”

Mason said that one of the key issues of her campaign is equal access to health care for Marylanders, especially her fellow veterans. 

“I used to be able to go to D.C. and Walter Reed, I used to be able to go to the Baltimore VA, but unfortunately, I’m having to go to Martinsburg, W. Va., like many of our other military veterans, so we should expand our health care here in Frederick,” Mason said. “I want to make sure that we’re able to take care of everybody and that includes the folks over in Washington County and Allegany County, that they can get to somewhere when they need affordable health care.”

Mason mentioned the importance of expanding the role of being in Congress to making sure that the voices of constituents are heard, and that action is taken to address them. 

“I think speaking about [constituents] personally, hearing their stories and recording that into the House records on the House floor is one of the most impactful things, so that regardless of what happens at the end of the day, their name, their story, their issues are heard and it’s recorded for the Library of Congress that will live longer than all of us,” Mason said. “And it will be on record because I was able to answer their questions and deliver a message and hopefully a passing bill or piece of legislation that will get to the president’s desk that will directly impact that local community.”

Mason also mentioned curbing gun violence in Montgomery County, combatting the effects of climate change in Maryland and expanding green jobs in the state as key parts of her platform as well. 

“We want to make sure that the microgrids and solar power and wind power are available to us and that we actually get the credits that the state is providing and provide the federal subsidies to the state to make sure that we can continue to grow these green jobs for our communities,” Mason said.

Her campaign has launched a unique way for constituents to get to know Mason and her team by providing a phone number for voters to call Mason directly. By calling 410-94-MASON voters can talk to Mason about their concerns and ask her any questions.

“I want to be known as the candidate who answers the phone,” Mason said. “By calling the number, voters can talk to me directly.”



Moms for Liberty is winning its fight to remove books from one Md. school district

56 books are temporarily off Carroll County library shelves



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By Kristen Griffith | Carroll County Public Schools can’t keep up with a flood of requests to review 56 school library books by a group of parents who oppose their content, so the superintendent has temporarily taken them off the shelves.

Flooding the queue is the conservative parents-rights group Moms for Liberty, whose Carroll County chapter has joined its nationwide call for stricter school library book selection, targeting titles with sexual content, in particular.

The rest of this article can be found at the Baltimore Banner website.

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Md. governor visits, praises Baltimore LGBTQ Safe Haven

Moore calls facility ‘invaluable resource’ for community



Maryland Gov. Wes Moore on Sept. 8 visited Baltimore Safe Haven. Moore is pictured here at the 2023 Baltimore Pride Parade. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and the state’s lieutenant governor, Aruna Miller, on Sept. 8 visited Baltimore Safe Haven, a transitional housing and support organization that provides a wide range of services for the LGBTQ community, with a special outreach to the transgender community.

A statement released by Moore’s office says the visit was made in partnership with the Maryland Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs and provided an opportunity for him and Miller to tour Safe Haven’s housing facilities and learn more about the services it offers.

“In Maryland, we lead with love and inclusion, and nobody should have to justify their own humanity,” Moore said in a statement. “Baltimore Safe Haven provides help and hope to the people who need it most,” he said. “The only way forward is together, and Baltimore Safe Haven has a partner in the State House.”

Moore added, “We have a lot of work to do, and we must tackle that work in partnership. If we do, we can build a kinder, safer Maryland for all.”

Miller said in the statement that she and the governor fully support Baltimore Safe Haven’s work and mission.

“Baltimore Safe Haven’s services are a critical link in the continuum of care for our LGBTQIA+ community, specifically for Black transgender Marylanders, and our administration is proud to be their partner,” she said.

Iya Dammons, the founder and executive director of Baltimore Safe Haven who on July 28 officially opened a D.C. Safe Haven facility at 331 H St., N.E., said the visit by Moore and Miller to the Baltimore facility has highlighted the organization’s work to provide support for people in need.

“Baltimore Safe Haven has been at the forefront of this fight, providing a lifeline to those who have been disproportionately affected by homelessness, discrimination, and violence,” she said in a statement. “During their walk-through, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller and Governor Wes Moore witnessed firsthand the compassionate and empowering environment created by Baltimore Safe Haven.”

Added Dammons, “We hope that their visit will inspire others to join our mission to create a more inclusive and equitable Maryland.”

 Like the Baltimore Safe Haven operation, Dammons said the D.C. Safe Haven will provide a wide range of services, including housing for homeless LGBTQ youth, a computer lab, a drop-in center, a case manager, and a once-a-week clinic supported by the University of Maryland.

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Md. man pleads guilty to making threats against HRC

Adam Nettina left voicemail after massacre at Nashville’s Covenant School



Adam Michael Nettina (Photo courtesy of the Justice Department)

A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to making threats against the Human Rights Campaign.

The Justice Department in a press release notes Adam Michael Nettina, 34, of West Friendship, Md., pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of using interstate communications with a threat to injure.

The press release notes Nettina admitted to leaving a threatening voicemail on March 28, 2023, that referenced the massacre at the Covenant School in Nashville, which took place the day before.

“The message referenced a mass shooting that had happened the day before at a school in Nashville, Tennessee, involving multiple shooting fatalities, where the perpetrator was a transgender woman,” notes the press release. “During the call to the advocacy organization on March 28, Nettina made multiple threats, including, ‘…We’ll cut your throats. We’ll put a bullet in your head … You’re going to kill us? We’re going to kill you 10 times more in full.'”

The Justice Department said Nettina “admitted to leaving the threatening voicemail and to targeting his victims because of their actual and perceived gender, gender identity and sexual orientation” and acknowledged he sent threatening messages to two lawmakers in Virginia and Maryland who publicly support trans people.”

Nettina faces up to five years in prison.

“The defendant in this case attempted to terrorize the LGBTQI+ community by calling in multiple threats of violence to a local advocacy group,” said Luis Quesada, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Investigative Division. “The FBI will not tolerate these acts of hate, and we remain committed to investigating civil rights violations and keeping our communities safe and free from fear.”

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