#WaybackWednesday: Jane Timken Supported Transgender Rights Before Entering Politics
March 9, 2022
Columbus, OH — Another day, another self-serving political calculation from Jane Timken comes to light. This time, Buckeye Flame uncovered that before entering politics, Timken used her position on the board at Kent State to support transgender rights. Don’t ask her about it though, because in typical Timken fashion, she has abandoned that position since it does not suit her pursuit of higher office.
“The only consistent thing about Jane Timken is that she is a political fraud who is willing to do or say anything to stand out in this crowded and nasty primary,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
Buckeye Flame: Senate candidate Jane Timken uses International Women’s Day to attack trans Ohioans
March 8, 2022
- Rather than using International Women’s Day to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women across the world, Jane Timken instead used the occasion to attack trans Ohioans.
- Interestingly, Timken has a background of being involved with some pro-trans equality actions before she entered politics.
- Formerly the chair of the Kent State University Board of Trustees, Timken voted to revise the university policy regarding discrimination to include transgender people as a protected under the gender discrimination statute. Her tenure on that Board of Trustees also coincided with the opening of Kent’s LGBTQ+ center.
- Since her entry into politics, Timken has been vigorously campaigning against LGBTQ+ equality.
- At a Center for Christian Virtue forum in October 2021, Timken was asked about the Equality Act, which would grant LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections nationally. Timken said, “While I’m a Christian and don’t believe in discrimination, I believe this is fundamentally an attack on religion.”
- In December 2021, Timken released an education plan that includes barring transgender women to participate in sports events that correspond with their gender identity.
- The Buckeye Flame reached out to Jane Timken’s communications director for comment. This article will be updated with her response if one is received.