Dana Beyer

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Dana Beyer
Senator Ben Cardin and Dana Beyer - March 2012.jpg
Senator Ben Cardin and Gender Rights Maryland executive director Dana Beyer at a March 2012 event in Rockville, Maryland
Born (1952-02-02) February 2, 1952 (age 67)
ResidenceChevy Chase, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (M.D., 1978)
Cornell University (B.A., 1974)
OccupationTransgender rights activist in Maryland
Executive director of Gender Rights Maryland

Dana Beyer (born February 9, 1952) is an American transgender rights advocate and the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, a civil rights and advocacy organization serving Maryland's transgender community.[1] She is a transgender woman.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Beyer was born on February 9, 1952 in New York, New York. Beyer graduated from Cornell University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1978 as a Doctor of Medicine.[3]


Transgender advocacy[edit]

She is executive director of Gender Rights Maryland.[4] She used to be on the board of directors of Equality Maryland.[5] In 2014, she sat on the board of directors for LGBT employment equality advocacy group Freedom to Work.[6] She is on the board of the national Jewish LGBT organization Keshet.[7]

She blogs about transgender topics at huffingtonpost.com.[8]


She is a politician from Maryland who ran in the Democratic primary for state Senate District 18. She received 41.8% of the vote (4,890 votes) and lost the 2014 primary election to Senator Richard Madaleno who was the incumbent.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

She is Jewish, has two sons and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[11]


  1. ^ Michael Gold (January 30, 2014). "Two LGBT candidates will go head-to-head in Md. Senate race". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ null (4 February 2018). "Opinion - Transgender Lives: Your Stories: Dana Beyer". Retrieved 4 February 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "Dana Beyer (D)". ww2.gazette.net. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ Michael K. Lavers (October 1, 2014). "Md. transgender rights law takes effect". Washington Blade. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Michael K. Lavers (October 14, 2014). "Honor for trans activist sparks controversy". Washington Blade. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Justin Snow (June 17, 2013). "Freedom to Work doubles down on push for LGBT workplace protections". Metro Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.lionconference.org/schedule/_speaker/4726
  8. ^ "Dana Beyer". huffingtonpost.com.
  9. ^ "Gay incumbent fends off transgender challenger for Montgomery Co. state senate seat". WJLA/ABC News. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "2014 Primary Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Keshet". keshetonline.org.

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