Lesbian PAC – LPAC – formed

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A lesbian political action committee launched on July 11 with the help of several high-profile backers, including actress Jane Lynch and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

LPAC, according to the website, was formed “to positively influence the current political and social landscape."

The announcement continues, “After decades of being a small subset of players in women’s rights and LGBT rights political efforts, the women of LPAC are stepping up to get organized like never before, aiming to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table. With significant resources behind us, LPAC plans to make a true impact for lesbians in the 2012 election cycle and beyond.”

The PAC will support candidates who champion issues that impact lesbians and their families, including:

• Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families.

• Supporting sexual and reproductive freedom.

• Supporting women’s access to quality health care.

• Furthering social, racial and economic justice for all Americans.

LPAC is a bipartisan group and says it will support candidates who “stand for our values” and help “to remove from office those who do not.”

Within hours of the announcement, LPAC had more than 300 likes on its new Facebook page and there were dozens of articles circulating on the Web.

Organizers – they include longtime activist Urvashi Vaid and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts – have at least $200,000 for this election cycle and hope to raise $1 million. Ricketts also is a major donor to Barack Obama's campaign and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council.

King, in a press statement quoted on the Huffington Post, said, "Members of the LGBT community are inspirational leaders and role models in every aspect of American life – from education to entertainment, from sports to science. The formation of LPAC provides lesbians and the entire LGBT community a new, stronger voice and a real and respected seat at the table when politicians make policy that impacts our lives."

On the Web: www.teamlpac.com

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