Openly Gay Kansas House of Representatives Candidate Dan Manning Receives Death Threat

Dan Manning, who is is running for the Kansas House of Representatives in the state’s 91st District is a 29-year-old West Point grad and eight-year Army veteran who was discharged under DADT and i9s now also a victim of a hate crime. This weekend, Manning found a ransom-style note attached to his front door threatening to behead and kill him

Dan’s opponent is long-time incumbent Brenda Landwehr. Landwehr, a notorious far-right conservative, has been a vocal opponent of equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgendered Kansans. Since February, she has used Dan’s sexual orientation to stir up her constituent. She has gone so far as to use language that Dan was told was “too offensive” to repeat.

This weekend, the homophobia and name-calling took a dangerous and criminal turn.

Dan arrived home from work on Saturday to find a death threat attached to his front door (above).

The note is clearly an offensive way to use threats of deadly violence in an attempt to intimidate and silence Dan and his campaign and, by extension, our entire community and our interests in Topeka. Dan has no intentions of backing down and has seen this latest example of bigotry as proof that his campaign must go on. He and his campaign team’s resolve is now stronger than ever

Manning Tweeted a response to the threat on Twitter in the form of a quote: 
 
“With vision there is no room to be frightened. No reason for intimidation. It’s time to march forward! Let’s be confident and positive!”
 
A BRAVE man who DESERVES our support.  –  Visit Dan Manning’s site HERE

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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