Oklahoma may have a savior at hand. An articulate, successful transgender woman is exploring a run against anti-gay state Representative Sally Kern and her backward, hate-inciting agenda. Attorney Brittany Novotny, who is also a community activist, has set up a Website page to accept donations for her exploratory test, after filing Form SO-1 (Statement of Organization) with the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission to begin raising funds for her likely campaign against Kern. Click the above icons to go to her Facebook and Twitter Pages or go directly to her donation site by clicking on the button below.
Officially named "Brittany Novotny 4 HD 84 in 2010," the candidate’s committee mailing address is P.O. Box 374; Bethany, OK 73008 and they are now accepting money. Novotny can be reached for campaign purposes at firstname.lastname@example.org. William Gleason of Norman, Oklahoma has been named treasurer. The LGBT community, as well as freedom-loving people everywhere, need to do all they can to help point Oklahoma into the 21st Century. We need to show the world that hate is no longer a religious value here and that empathy is now extolled as a God-like virtue. Visit Brittany Novotnoy’s Webpage today, http://www.brittany4hd84.com/, and donate what you can.
Sally and her husband Stephen Kern, pastor of the Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, are fundamentalist homophobes who have driven their own gay son into celibacy, although he claims he was never gay, “just musical.” Guilt is Sally Kern’s favorite tool in her campaign to foment ignorance and hatred. Fortunately for the LGBT community, her rantings only serve to mobilize us, much as did anti-gay Anita Bryant with her “Save the Children” crusade in the seventies. Hate proved to be Anita’s downfall, and we must see to it that her legacy is continued in Oklahoma with the defeat of Sally Kern in House District 84 in 2010.
Joe Quigley, who was reinstated to his teaching position, thanks to Brittany Novotny, emphasizes a point while speaking during the Oklahoma City GLBT State of Our Community meeting at Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, 1-30-06 photo
According to the Dallas Voice, the Journal Record, an Oklahoma City newspaper, suggested that Kern was either a spy from Texas or Sasha Baron Cohen. They argued that she was “harming Oklahoma’s economic development efforts and that her credibility as a legislator is so eroded that even her home district constituents must be looking at her performance askance.”
Sally Kern reading her "Proclamation of Bigotry," July 2009 photoNovotny is an Oklahoma City attorney who began a private practice in 2007 specializing in civil rights and employment law. After receiving a sociology degree at the University of Science & Arts in Chickasha, OK, she obtained her law degree from the University of California—Hastings College of Law in 2005. Since returning to Oklahoma, she has been active with the Young Democrats of Oklahoma as legal adviser and vice chair of the women’s caucus. She has also participated in highly visible roles during civil actions for LGBT rights. Recently, she began in-house counsel work with the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 916.
Cartoon of Sally Kern depicting her as cuckoo, while reading her "Proclamation on Morality." She has become a national joke, much to the embarrassment of all freedom-loving Oklahomans
In June, Novotny successfully argued on behalf of plaintiff Keith Kimmel in the “I’m Gay” license plate issue, which forced the Oklahoma Tax Commission to issue a car tag with those words. Administrative Judge Jay Harrington found for the plaintiff and made a number of reformative recommendations to the OTC, which have now gone to the state agency’s commissioners for review.
Photo of Mat Staver, California's Pro-Proposition 8 attorney, with Sally Kern, showing how she hob-nobs with some of the most hateful people on the planet
Brittany also scored a victory August 25 in her representation of Joe Quigley, an Oklahoma teacher who had been fired in May for being outspoken and openly gay. Upon ordering his reinstatement, Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton said, “I am a parent and have children in the Oklahoma City Public Schools. As a parent I want to apologize to you for what you have had to put up with to educate our children.”
Swinton then went on to declare the Oklahoma City schools had wrongfully terminated Quigley and they had presented no evidence that he had neglected his teaching duties, as the district was claiming.
Sally Kern was photographed last year with Richard Dick Bott, president of the Bott Radio Network, in which Kern serves on the advisory board. Bott is a notorious anti-black figure with a long, shameful history with Apartheid. He used his fundamentalist radio stations in the United States to spread the white supremacist message while the racist South African regime was in power.
On November 15, 2008, Brittany Novotny gave a rousing speech at a City Hall rally for Marriage Equality. Among the many point she made, were, “What are ‘conservative Oklahoma values’ anyway? I’m an Oklahoman, and I always thought that the values I shared with my fellow Oklahomans were the values of hard work, generosity, and treating others like I want to be treated. Oklahoma bills itself as being in the ‘heartland,’ but conservative politicians have been stirring people up with hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness. These are not the Oklahoma values that I was raised with.” Read the entire inspiring oratory at Gossip-Boy.com.
To read our previous columns on Sally Kern, click here. Scroll down past this article, as all Sally Kern posts will show up. You'll find some hilarious videos there.
Please do what you can to help the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights. Okahoma deserves better than Sally Kern. Oklahoma deserves Brittany Novotny!
Andrew Speno Fox 25 News anchor photo, who interviewed Brittany Novotny in May of this year. Watch the two videos below.
Watch Tulsa’s Fox 25 News Report on Brittany Novotny and her transgender story (“Changing Genders”) May 20 2009 Part I:
Check out the Part 2 video of the Fox 25 News Report on Brittany Novotny:
In case you missed it, here’s a refresher video of Sally Kern Exposing the Homosexual Agenda:
Check out this funny YouTube video as Ellen Degeneres calls Sally Kern:
Watch Oklahoma Representative Ryan Kiesel's video response to Rep. Sally Kern's so-called "Proclamation on Morality" July 4 2009.
Listen to Citizen Reaction to Sally Kern’s original remarks on this Tulsa World video:
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