Maud Maron has been critical of waking culture, complaining that intolerance of dissent is driving moderates out of the Democratic Party
A candidate for a congressional seat in Brooklyn has criticized the waking culture, complaining that intolerance of dissent is driving moderates out of the Democratic Party. “I got fired! It’s drop-out culture,” said Maud Maron, a former legal aid attorney and president of the local school parents’ council. Running in a crowded Democratic elementary school in the 10th Precinct, Maron conquers brownstone Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
After a disagreement over transgender rights in sports, a group of left-leaning and Democratic LGBTQ clubs did not allow Maron to attend a convention forum on Monday night, July 11, the New York Post reported. Maron has been labeled a bigot by groups Lambda Independent Democrats, New Kings Democrats, South Brooklyn United for Progressive and Equality for opposing transgender women competing against biological women in sports.
The groups said they didn’t want Maron to “spread hate and misinformation about gender identity” and said their view could lead to the justification of “violence against transgender people, particularly transgender women.” “We will not allow our forum to be used as a vehicle for Maud Maron to spread dangerously misconceptions about the transgender community. New Yorkers don’t need agents whose offices are used to hurt people,” they said.
Maron said that the group’s “extremist” organizers are the real zealots who will not tolerate different views. She slammed the groups for not allowing her to speak at the Brooklyn Heights forum. “The Democratic Party is driving moderate voters like me out of the party. Find a backbone and have a conversation about the problem,” she said.
The debate revolved around whether transgender women have a competitive advantage over their biological rivals after undergoing testosterone suppression. Maron mentioned the case of Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, who had competed in Penn for three years before the switch as the man, Will Thomas. In a competition on November 20 last year, Thomas had a time of 1:43:47 in the 200-meter freestyle and 4:35:06 in the 500-meter freestyle. Those times, which were records for Penn, would have put Thomas second and third, respectively, at the NCAA Women’s Championships. Thomas, who breaks women’s records, has, as always, raised the question of how fair it is for people who were born men to compete as women. There has been much debate about what is fair on the field, court, track and pool. However, international swimming authority FINA recently announced that transgender women can only compete in the organization’s women’s races if they complete their transition by the age of 12.
“You can call a man a transgender woman, but he’s still a man,” Maron said. “There’s nothing violent about sharing an opinion.” Other candidates running alongside Maron in District 10 include former Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Manhattan Rep. Yuh-Line Niou, the Manhattan Alderman Carlina Rivera, Brooklyn Assemblyman Jo Anne Simon, and former Brooklyn Congresswoman and Attorney Liz Holtzman.
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Maron is an attorney with over two decades of experience as a public defender and was previously a clinical professor of law at Cardozo Law School. Maron was elected school board president for Manhattan’s largest school district, after which she co-founded an educational organization, PLACE NYC. She is also a founding advisory board member of the civil rights organization FAIR. Maron is married to Juan Pablo and the mother of four children.