When Frank Kober introduced the night’s speaker at the Northumberland County Democrats Committee meeting Thursday night, he noted, “We, as Democrats, are a big tent.”
The speaker, Margaret “Maggie” Sacra, chairperson of the LGBT Democrats of Virginia, pointed out that the party is big enough to include her group, a coalition of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex community. Since the LGBT community of Virginia became politically active in support of Jim Moran for Congress in Northern Virginia in the early 2000s, it has grown to cover the entire state and is included in the state party’s central committee, Sacra said.
“We wanted to be on the steering committee to help folks get elected who would support the LGBT community,” said Sacra.
Sacra noted that her committee maintains two political action groups that help candidates over the entire spectrum of elected offices.
According to Sacra, her group has become more and more welcomed by candidates after facing controversy early when candidates didn’t want their endorsement. However, by 2015, 65 state candidates wanted their commendation, according to Sacra. In Virginia’s First District Congressional race, Democrat Matt Rowe has accepted the LGBT endorsement. Sacra said, “Matt Rowe is great candidate,”
The aims of her group are to gain equality with heterosexuals, according to Sacra.
Read more in this week’s edition of the Northumberland Echo.