Sally Kern to Face Transgender Lawyer

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 09 2010 10:45 AM ET

Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern, who has called gay people more dangerous to the country than terrorists, will face a transgender opponent, attorney Brittany Novotny (pictured), in the general election for the Oklahoma City seat this fall.

Novotny, the state's first known transgender candidate, filed papers to run Tuesday.

According to the Tulsa World, Novotny, 30, said she would not focus the campaign on her gender identity, while Kern said she would avoid the issue.

“Novotny said Kern is pushing her personal agenda instead of focusing on issues that are important to House District 84, and because of that, the state and Kern's Oklahoma City district have suffered,” reports the World.

Kern, a Republican, and Novotny, a Democrat, may debate each other once this fall during an annual community forum.