Who is Maud Maron? Dem candidate blasts party for 'canceling' her over transgender stance in sports
A candidate for a Brooklyn congressional seat has slammed the woke culture and complained that intolerance of differing views is driving moderates out of the Democratic Party. “I’ve been cancelled! It’s cancel culture,” said Maud Maron, a former Legal Aid lawyer and president of the local school parent council. Maron is running in a crowded Democratic primary in the 10th district and is taking in brownstone Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.
Following a disagreement over transgender rights in sports, a group of left-leaning and LGBTQ Democratic clubs did not allow Maron to participate in a congressional forum on Monday night, July 11, New York Post reported. Maron was called a bigot by the groups, Lambda Independent Democrats, New Kings Democrats, South Brooklyn United for Progressive and Equality -- because she opposes having transgender women compete against biological women in sports.
The groups stated that they did not want Maron to “spread hate and misinformation about gender identity” and said her 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 perpetuate dangerously false ideas about the transgender community. New Yorkers do not need representatives whose office will be used to hurt people,” they said.
Maron said that the group’s “extremist” organizers were the real bigots who are intolerant of differing views. She blasted the groups for not allowing her to speak at the forum in Brooklyn Heights. “The Democratic Party is chasing away moderate voters like me from the party. Find a backbone and have a conversation about the issue,” she said.
The debate was over whether transgender women have a competitive advantage over their biological competitors, after undergoing testosterone suppression. Maron mentioned the case of Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania who competed for three years at Penn as a man, Will Thomas, before the transition. At a meet on November 20 last year, Thomas had a 1:43:47 time in the 200-meter freestyle and 4:35:06 in the 500-meter freestyle. These times, which were records for Penn, would have placed Thomas second and third, respectively in the NCAA Women’s Championships. Thomas breaking women’s records has, like always, raised questions about how fair it is when people who are born as men compete as women. There has been a lot of debate surrounding what is fair on the field, the court, the track, and in the pool. However, the international swimming authority, FINA, recently announced that transgender women can compete in the organization's women's races only if they completed 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.” Besides Maron, other candidates running in District 10 include former Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Manhattan Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Manhattan Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, and former Brooklyn Congresswoman and DA Liz Holtzman.
Maron is an attorney with over two decades of experience as a public defender and has previously served as a Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. Maron was elected School Board President of Manhattan’s largest school district, following which she co-founded an education organization, PLACE NYC. She is also a founding advisory board member of the civil rights organization FAIR. Maron is married to Juan Pablo and is a mom of four children.