In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary elections I talked with Beth Shipp, Executive Director of LPAC the Lesbian Political Action Committee Super Pac that was formed to make a true impact for lesbians in politics. Since the creation of LPAC in 2012 the Super Pac has distinguished itself by raising over $2 million from supporters in 48 states and has been involved in over 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns across the country. Lesbian and queer women have made it known through LPAC that they are a force to be reckoned with. LPAC has been instrumental in electing candidates whether they be gay or straight women or men who are pushing forward their progressive, feminist and pro-LGBTQ policies, including the fight for pay equality, LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws, reproductive justice and voting rights. LPAC has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in the 2016 election. LPAC will be hosting an exclusive conversation about what's next in this race to the White House on Thursday March 10th from 2P to 3P EST at LPAC's 2016 Virtual Political Summit. They'll be providing an insider's view of the 2016 race for president featuring Shipp and LPAC Board Member and CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen and invited commentators Hillary For America's Brynne Craig and Aditi Hardikar. I talked to Beth about LPAC's strategy planned for this crucial election year and her spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what her commitment is to LGBT civil rights Shipp stated:
I have the dream job to live the personal and make it political. I actually started out in democratic politics and worked in democratic politics for about 15 to 20 years between working for campaigns and then I joined NARAL Pro Choice America and worked as their political director for 10 years in the women's reproductive rights movement. So when this job came up for executive director of LPAC it brought the personal to the political for me in a way that no other organization has and so I think that really is where my personal meets the political is being the executive director of LPAC because all of the things that I have worked for in my adult life whether it's social justice, whether it's women's equality and reproduction rights and health or LGBT equality it's encompassed in the mission of LPAC and I couldn't be prouder and happier than to be executive director of this organization right now.
Beth Shipp is the first Executive Director of LPAC, the lesbian Super PAC that builds the political power of lesbian, queer, bisexual and transgender women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women's equality and social justice. She is a political strategist with more than 20 years of experience working for progressive causes. LPAC has announced "Levity & Justice for All" a first-of-its-kind benefit performance featuring top lesbian and queer comics and women's rights champions that takes place at the historic Town Hall on June 16th in NYC. The A-list celebrity line up will include Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King, Lea DeLaria, Karen Williams, Cameron Esposito, Judy Gold, Marga Gomez, Jes Tom, Marsha Warfield, Rhea Butcher and hosted by Kate Clinton. Former Late Show with David Letterman Executive Producer Barbara Gaines will produce the show. Award-winning cartoonist and author Alison Bechdel will be designing an original poster for the event. "Levity & Justice for All" will celebrate the political voices, humor, and activism of LGBTQ women, inspiring and motivating those in attendance to actively participate in the 2016 election.
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