For example, the Stonewall Democrats, an organization concerned with protecting the rights of the LGBT community, have endorsed Kathy Jennings for Attorney General and Kathy McGuinesss for Auditor. Neither Kathy has spoken out against the revised Delaware Department of Education State Regulation 225, which will require parental consent for transgender accommodations at school and will remove model policies that would have given transgender students equal athletic opportunities. This regulation will harm and discriminate against Transgender students, and Stonewall’s endorsed candidates have been silent.
Stonewall is not alone. Other organizations that are more institutionalized into the party or governmental structure often endorse leading, establishment, or front-runner candidates. For example, the Delaware State Education Association endorsed Kathy Jennings for Attorney General, even though she doesn’t speak about education issues. The reasoning is simple: the organizations do not want to be left jilted at the aisle backing the wrong horse to win the race. They go with who they think will win because they want a seat at the table after the election. I don’t begrudge them that motivation.
Still, these organizations should be pressing these candidates for action when action is needed. Today, action is needed to oppose DDOE State Regulation 225, and hopefully Stonewall will call on its endorsed candidates to join Chris Johnson in urging their supporters to call on the DDOE to withdraw the revised regulation
To make your voice heard, you must submit a public comment to the DDOE by Friday, July 6. To be considered as part of the public record, comments must either be submitted via email to DOEregulations.email@example.com or via mail to the attention of Tina Shockley, Department of Education, 401 Federal St., Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. Out-of-state comments will be accepted! Comments submitted to other email addresses will not be accepted. You can find a sample comment here.