LPAC Statement on Orlando Tragedy and Plans for Levity & Justice

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LPAC Statement on Orlando Tragedy and Plans for Levity & Justice

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by teamlpac

This gathering of the LGBTQ community will provide a public opportunity to show solidarity and resilience in light of Orlando tragedy


Washington, DC (June 13, 2016) — In the wake of this weekend’s tragedy in Orlando, LPAC’s Executive Director, Beth Shipp, issued this statement regarding the organization’s June 16th gathering of over 1,000 LGBTQ Americans and allies in New York City:

“This weekend, our chosen family in Orlando, Florida, suffered unimaginable tragedy. Hate, homophobia, and horror stole the lives of too many of our brothers and sisters and injured many more. Make no mistake: this was an attack on our community; it was an attack on our sacred and safe space; it was an attack on our identity. The mourning and tears continue, and show no signs of slowing. We pray for the families and friends of those souls we lost. Our hearts are broken, but not our spirits.

“That’s why we have decided to continue with our plans to host Levity & Justice for All on Thursday night at the historic Town Hall in New York City. As one of the first large events scheduled to celebrate New York City Pride, we feel it is important to stand with Orlando, and with our LGBTQ family across America. We will show that love is more powerful than hate; we will demonstrate that laughter can fight back against bigotry. Our community will come together in the shadow of pain, as we have been forced to do before, in order to celebrate who we are and who we love. We have increased security at the event as a precaution, and we will work with New York City law enforcement to ensure a safe environment for everyone attending Levity & Justice for All. With open arms, we invite all those in our family – LGBTQ Americans and our allies – who are seeking a community and an opportunity to channel our anger and sadness into a moment of laughter and love to join us.”

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Founded in 2012 by experienced leaders in feminist, LGBTQ and social justice movements, LPAC has raised $2.1 million dollars from more than 1,500 donors across 48 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has invested $900,000 directly in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country, and used the balance of its funds to organize, convene, network and build the political power of LGBTQ women. Learn more at www.teamlpac.com.

For more information contact:

Chris Fleming
Smoot Tewes Group
Office: (202) 524-1046



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.


Social Justice: A Call for Action

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by teamlpac

LPAC is proud to join numerous other LGBT civil rights organizations in calling for action in Ferguson.

In light of the Michael Brown funeral, we continue to fight for social justice.

Our Candidate Slate

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by teamlpac

The Candidates that LPAC has endorsed for 2014 election cycle

The Candidates that LPAC has endorsed for 2014 election cycle

Congratulations to the 2014 Election Cycle LPAC Endorsements. We are proud of this incredible field of candidates for office. With your support, these candidates can fight for lesbians and our families!

Read the Washington Post Story About Our New Board Chair and Our New Slate

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

Our announcement of our new Board Chair and our new Slate generated some real buzz! One of the first to cover the story was the Washington Post, which wrote a great profile about our leadership and our 2014 goals. It is a must read this weekend!

Claiming Our Seat at The Table in 2014

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

We are ready for the 2014 election, and we hope you are too! Watch our video, which gives a great overview of the work we’ve done, and the work ahead! And don’t forget to share and like it. We need your help to build our grassroots army as we raise our voices and money to support pro-lesbian pro-women candidates and campaigns.

LPAC Issue Brief – Sexual Assault in the Military

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

In the past year, we have read reports, heard stories, and watched Oscar-Worth documentaries on the unacceptable epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military. As we explore issues that impact women, lesbians, and our families, this issue seemed to resonate – in particular over the course of May, which is Military Appreciation Month. Please take the time to review and share the scary and sad data in this infographic.

LPAC’s 2013 Stakeholder Report

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

Thank you! LPAC enjoyed tremendous success in 2013, and it was because of you. Together we are creating a movement that is giving lesbians a seat at the political table. Last year, we helped to elect a slate of pro-LPAC candidates. In addition, we blazed new trails with our inaugural Summit in DC, bringing together women from all over the country to network and meet with critical thought leaders.

We are pleased to announce our Annual Stakeholder Report, which highlights our activities in 2013.

We are so proud of what we continue to accomplish together, and we are excited about the impact we can make going forward.

Thank you so much!

LPAC Board

Remembering Peggy Traub

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by teamlpac

LPAC is saddened to learn that our Board member, friend and champion in the fight for women’s rights and LGBT equality, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Traub, has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.


Peggy was a part of LPAC from its first informal meetings to her critical role in helping to create and lead the organization as a Founding Board member. Her commitment to women’s leadership fueled her vision for LPAC to grow into a powerful network of women who advocated for equality and supported each other.


Peggy had many facets.  She was a successful business entrepreneur, co-founding and building Adesso, a devoted family member, an activist committed to social justice, and a philanthropist. Her passion for equality, and the generosity she and her spouse Phyllis Dicker showed through their community service, support for many groups, and scholarships awarded to LGBT young people, are among many legacies she leaves.


LPAC will forever be indebted to her leadership and we will deeply miss her good humor and guidance.


Here are a few of LPAC’s favorite photos and memories with Peggy:


Peggy was a part of our “I Am LPAC” campaign, and recorded a video in 2012:


Peggy with her partner Phyllis Dicker, with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin & LPAC Board Member Urvashi Vaid, and with the LPAC 2013 Summit team:





Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by teamlpac

What a year! Thank you so much for being a part of team LPAC. We couldn’t do this work without your support and the support of thousands of folks across the country. Check out the scrapbook below which we made about our work together this year!