Trans Woman Elected Head of Okla. Dem Group

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 10 2011 5:50 PM ET

Brittany Novotny, a onetime challenger to homophobic Oklahoma politician Sally Kern, was elected president of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma on Saturday.

Pam's House Blend reports that Novotny is the first transgender person elected to head a young Democrats organization. Last year Novotny unsuccessfully challenged Kern — who previously said gays were more dangerous than terrorists — for a position in the Oklahoma house of representatives. Though Kern, an incumbent, won, Novotny did score almost 35% of the vote in the heavily Republican district.

Novotny previously served as chair of the LGBT caucus of Oklahoma.

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