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Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by teamlpac

Dear Friends,

Our community of LPAC donors empowers us to do the incredible work we endeavor to do. From all of us – thank you!

We want to take a moment to share LPAC’s Donor Report. We hope that this continues to inspire your participation and engagement. Please take a moment to review our Donor Report. And, please reach out anytime with your ideas for how LPAC can raise more and enhance our impact. We need your help for LPAC to continue to be a powerful force to protect and battle for LGBT equality, women’s rights and social justice.

Yours in Equality,
Beth Shipp

My Personal Path to LPAC: An OpEd From Executive Director Beth Shipp

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by teamlpac

HS1-choice (1)When I was 24 years old, I organized my first press event – the speaker was then-First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Rodham Clinton. That press conference with the woman, who could be the next president of the United States, was my first step into the world of politics. That step led to my career as the political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America and now it has fortunately brought me to LPAC.

 

As I begin as LPAC’s first executive director I believe that we’ve made great progress in the area of marriage equality, but other issues that impact lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women have not fared as well. Last month, Idaho’s state house defeated a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s Human Rights Act. This month, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback rescinded nondiscrimination protections for LGBT state employees put in place by his predecessor.

 

In 29 states, a lesbian has no protections or recourse if she is fired based on her sexual orientation. In 32 states, a transgender woman can be fired for her gender identity.

 

On the federal level, the results of the 2014 midterm election make it highly unlikely that any pro-LGBT legislation will pass the U.S. Congress in the near future. This includes passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which has stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, where Congress is too busy voting to kill Obamacare for the 56th time. Yes, for the 56th time.

 

Women must remain on guard, because in addition to voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, this 114th Congress is continuing its “war on women.” Within days of the start of a new legislative session, bills introduced included a ban on abortion, mandatory ultrasounds, barring Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funds, and banning public funding of abortions for poor women. During President Obama’s State of the Union address, there were many members of Congress who refused to recognize the reasonable notion that women should be paid equally for the work we do.

 

My life’s work is represented in LPAC’s mission. I have been in politics for more than 20 years, most recently as the political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Blending old school campaigning with new tools like modeling and data mining led to NARAL’s political program producing significant pro-choice gains in the U.S. Congress and a pro-choice president in the White House. I’m incredibly proud of what I was able to accomplish for women’s reproductive health and justice over the course of my 10 years with NARAL and I look forward to bringing this knowledge to LPAC.

 

As LPAC’s new executive director, I will work with each of you to elect candidates who champion a range of issues that have been at the forefront of my life and work, including: ending systematic, institutionalized discrimination of LGBT individuals and their families; supporting and expanding sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality healthcare that includes the full range of reproductive services; and furthering social, racial and economic justice for all Americans.

 

I couldn’t be more excited to lead LPAC into the next level of political power for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women. Together with friends, lovers, spouses, mothers, daughters, and sisters – we will make tangible and quantifiable changes from the state house to the White House.

 

Beth Shipp is the Executive Director of LPAC. You can follow her at www.teamlpac.com, and on Twitter, or Facebook.

 

 

 

LPAC Announces Beth Shipp as Executive Director

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by teamlpac

LPAC Names First Executive Director

Political action committee for pro-lesbian, pro-women issues hires veteran political strategist as its first Executive Director

 

February 18, 2015 — LPAC, the country’s first lesbian political action committee, announced political veteran Beth Shipp has been hired as the organization’s first Executive Director.

 

LPAC_meme“As LPAC continues to grow and flourish, we are thrilled to have Beth as our first Executive Director,” said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Her experience, knowledge, relationships, and political acumen are ideally suited for LPAC as we look to 2016, where we expect our power and presence will be even greater than in our first two election cycles.”

 

Ms. Shipp joins LPAC after serving as the Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America for 10 years. At NARAL, Ms. Shipp led all national political activities for the organization, including its electoral efforts, independent expenditure campaigns, and ballot initiative campaigns. Twice during her tenure, NARAL was recognized by National Journal as one of the top political organizations for its success rate in competitive races. She previously managed three U.S. Senate campaigns and worked in various other campaign positions across the United States.

 

“As someone who has known and worked with Beth Shipp for 20 years, I can say with complete sincerity, that LPAC is extremely fortunate to have her,” said Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-VA 9th), the Virginia State Senate Democratic Caucus Chair. “I know from personal experience that Beth has dedicated her life to the causes of equality, non-discrimination, equal rights for women and economic and social justice. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am without her. With her knowledge, passion, and commitment, LPAC will have an incredibly bright future.”

Ms. Shipp joins LPAC as the organization continues to see exciting growth. Since the 2012 founding, LPAC has mobilized thousands of people in political giving, raised $1.9 million in contributions from 48 states and built a grassroots community of more than 25,000 people.

 

“I’m honored to join this incredible organization,” said Ms. Shipp. “LPAC stands alone as the only political action committee dedicated to advancing women’s and LGBT equality by giving lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the political table. At a time when women’s rights are increasingly under fire, and when the recent gains of the LGBT community sit at the tipping point – LPAC’s role and influence are critical. I am excited to help guide this amazing group of women.”

 

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates that champion LGBT rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Visit www.teamlpac.com for more information.

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Marriage Equality Arrives in Alabama

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by teamlpac

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d0d2df2a970c-500wiWith SCOTUS denying Alabama an additional stay, marriage is underway in the 37th State in America – despite the best efforts of Roy Moore. And, when you see the tears and smiles of the women now equal in the eyes of the law – it is clear that love wins!

Read the whole analysis at Towleroad.com.

Obama Aims to Fix Social Security for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by teamlpac

2015_State_of_the_Union_insert_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_KeyThe The White House budget – submitted yesterday – proposes to fix the social security system to provide equal treatment for same-sex couples.

Read about it at WashingtonBlade.com.

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