Jane Lynch is one among many celebrities backing the first lesbian political action committee. The organization was launched this Wednesday to champion lesbians’ and women’s rights in the 2012 election cycle. A handful of famous personalities are backing the new organization, which is named LPAC, including Lynch and tennis star Billie Jean King.
LPAC’s website welcomes you by stating it’s the “First of its Kind Lesbian Political Action Committee.” Their mission is clear from the get-go:
Today a group of activists and donors launched LPAC, the first of its kind lesbian political action committee. The values-based committee sets out to positively influence policies that impact women by electing candidates who champion issues that impact lesbians and their families.
The Super PAC sets out not only to give lesbians a voice in the LGBT community but also in the wider political terrain during this election cycle. The organization plans to back candidates that champion reproductive freedom, gay and lesbian rights, and women’s rights. One advisory board member, Urvashi Vaid, is quoted on the website stating:
Iím involved in starting LPAC because I want to create fresh politics, one in which the lives of ordinary working women and men, LGBT people and people of color matter, and because I believe lesbians must step up and lead in solving our countryís challenges.
LPAC’s website outlines three major values that will remain central to the cause:
-Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families;
-Protecting access to reproductive freedom and quality healthcare; and,
-Furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.
Needless to say that the Super PAC plans to back Obama and will focus much of its funding and organizing around ensuring that the president retains support before the November elections. Mitt Romney’s stance against gay marriage ensures that he will remain an opponent to LPAC in the coming months.
The organization hopes to earn at least $1 million dollars before the end of the year in order to oppose legislation aimed at curbing reproductive freedom and women’s rights.
The Super PAC adds a hopeful and promising voice to the fight against shrinking family planning options, and the attack against LGBT and women’s rights that GOP nominees are bent on enacting. Multiple states, including Mississippi, are embroiled in political battles that aim to shut down reproductive health clinics across the board in the name of stopping abortions. Health care legislation in this country is also under heated debate.
LPAC does not plan on stopping once the election cycle is over at the end of the year. The chair and treasurer of LPAC, Sarah Schmidt, affirms that the organization plans on doing more work once elections are over in order to ensure that lesbian, LGBT, and women’s rights remain a central item of concern and attention.
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