Urvashi Vaid, Billie Jean King, Jane Lynch, Tammy Baldwin, Sarah Schmidt, Alix Ritchie, and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts are among the women backing LPAC, the first-ever lesbian super PAC, launching today. The AP reports:
"The group’s aim to give lesbians an influential voice in mainstream politics is ground-breaking, said chairwoman Sarah Schmidt, a scion of the family behind Midwest petroleum distributor U.S. Venture Inc.
"Unlike the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual candidates, and Emily’s List, which is dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights, LPAC plans to promote men and women from either major party regardless of their sexual orientations, as well as ballot initiatives.
“Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society,” said Ricketts, a co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council and one of President Barack Obama’s fundraising bundlers. “I know in my experience of activism, oftentimes it makes a difference if something is women-focused. It’s likely to get the attention of women much more easily.”
Celebrate by pre-ordering Urvashi's new book Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics, out July 25.