Washington, DC –Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, mourned the loss of Barbra “Babs” Siperstein – the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee. Babs served on the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2017.
LGBTQ Victory Fund Senior Political Director Sean Meloy, who served as the DNC’s Director of LGBTQ Engagement while Babs was on the executive committee, said the following about her legacy:
“For so many in the Democratic Party, Babs was the first openly trans person they ever met and she undoubtedly changed the hearts and minds of many party leaders who were not yet committed to trans equality. She was a constant advocate for the entire LGBTQ community and helped make the Democratic Party more accepting not just of trans people, but trans candidates as well. Her presence in the DNC helped prepare the party and pave the way for trailblazing trans Democratic candidates like Danica Roem and Christine Hallquist – and her impact will be felt for years to come.”
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