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Wealthy, Influential Lesbian Activists Form Super PAC, LPAC

RickettsLauraWhy should boys have all the political fun? Frustrated by a seeming lack of organization among civic-minded lesbians, a group of women led by Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and including Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King have founded LPAC, a super PAC that will fight for women's and gay rights.

"Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society,” Ricketts told the Washington Post. "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.”

Ricketts knows a thing or two about political schmoozing: she's an Obama bundler and co-chair of the DNC's LGBT Leadership Council. And politics is in her blood: her father is Joe Ricketts, the TD Ameritrade founder and fellow Cubs owner whose political advisors suggested he resurrect the Jeremiah Wright controversy to derail President Obama's reelection.

LPAC hopes to raise $1 million to help fight measures that would ban marriage equality or hinder women's rights, they said. And though that's not a lot of money in political terms, LPAC chairwoman Sarah Schmidt says the group is as much about visibility as it is about dollars and cents.

"If it raises $5 million, amazing. But if it raises $500,000, we have still raised $500,000 for critical races and it’s being raised from lesbian leaders whose voices may not have been heard before," said Schmidt, who, like Ricketts, comes from a wealthy and influential Midwest family: her forefathers began the oil distribution company U.S. Venture Inc.

The Post reports that gay activist Urvashi Vaid and former Provincetown Banner publisher Alix Ritchie sit on LPAC's central committee, while high-profile lesbians Lynch and King "also have pledged support."

King told the paper, "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."

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  1. Oh no, it's the attack of the WILA's !!!

    (Wealthy, Influental Lesbian Activists)

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 11, 2012 8:50:02 AM


  2. I'm not sure about this. I don't think women and gay rights are compatible. Much homophobia comes from women.

    While it is true that some lesbians are integral to the gay rights cause, keep in mind that, before anything else, a lesbian is a woman. She will do what women always do - ie exploit double standards and form relationships with men to have babies, even if not aroused .

    Posted by: jason | Jul 11, 2012 10:04:54 AM


  3. This makes me very happy

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 11, 2012 10:04:56 AM


  4. Great to read about LPAC. This story out a smile on my face! I wish them all the very best!

    Posted by: Fred | Jul 11, 2012 10:06:23 AM


  5. Oh my god, the ultimate manifestation of the Lesbian Power Couple! Stand back, America! Awesome!

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Jul 11, 2012 10:10:54 AM


  6. Thank God not all of us are as misogynistic as Jason.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 11, 2012 11:15:14 AM


  7. Where's Hollywood's top lesbians; Ellen, Portia, Rosie, Melissa etc.?

    Posted by: scrufff | Jul 11, 2012 12:47:41 PM


  8. Where's Hollywood's top lesbians; Ellen, Portia, Rosie, Melissa etc.?

    Posted by: scrufff | Jul 11, 2012 12:47:47 PM


  9. @ JASON: surely you suffer from some vitamin deficiency or other organic disease. It can't all be plain old ignorance.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 11, 2012 4:07:30 PM


  10. Lesbians identify as women first and lesbians second. Good for them that they started a PAC. It is high time that gay men do the same thing. Start a PAC that is focused on the needs of gay men.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 11, 2012 11:19:49 PM


  11. What's worse? Anal sex or strap ons? How will you explain that to your teenagers?

    Posted by: Doug | Jul 11, 2012 11:48:55 PM


  12. Jason proves lesbians are level headed. They can play baseball and organize a Pac as profitable as any man. Gay men can only pretend they are women, and make lousy excuses for men. These will be your parents? Two "men?" Yikes... "Put away that baseball glove, no catch today son."

    Posted by: Jess | Jul 12, 2012 1:46:21 AM


  13. Most gay men identify as men first, and gay second. All lesbians embrace the radical end of the feminist spectrum. This has been a disaster in undermining our trust in lesbians. Why would any man, gay or straight align themselves with an anti-male hate movement whose principal agenda is to undermine the rights and welfare of men and boys?

    Jason is correct. Women and gay rights are incompatible. When I was a teenager, the gay rights movement was known as GLBT. It didn't take long for lesbians to take over, change it to LGBT, and make the movement all about them. Gay men were welcome to stay, providing they sat silently in the back of the bus - the new coloured folk.

    Gay men have left the movement in droves, preferring to align with the men's rights movement instead, which advocates for the rights of all men, including gays. How typical that Jason is accused of misogyny for daring to suggest that lesbians are not exactly sympathetic towards men. Can't imagine where he got that idea from.

    You'll have to do better than rely on wheezy old shaming language if you want to be to have credibility among gay men. We're very familiar with that tactic. Does anyone actually have a serious response to Jason's valid concerns, or is this just an anti-male echo chamber?

    Lesbians have been foolish to alienate so many gay men. Their failure to criticise the violent rhetoric emanating from radical lesbian websites such as the RadFemHub (male genocide and eugenics enthusiasts) is shameful.

    It is time for lesbians to be honest for once and either openly declare that they have no concern for the rights and welfare of gay men, or have enough respect to address the issue of their obvious conflict of interest. Lesbians are long overdue for some good old-fashioned introspection. Stop the man-bashing. They are our brothers, fathers, partners and friends - and yours.

    It seems that Jess just couldn't help herself. This gay-men-are-fags shaming is typical of what we have come to expect from our lesbian 'allies'.

    Posted by: andybob | Jul 12, 2012 4:35:26 AM


  14. Increasingly, gay men are leaders in the men's rights movement. They are fighting for equal rights for boys, men, and fathers.

    The sad feminist caricature of gay men as hyper-emotive social cripples (fit only to exist as feminist lap-poodles) is a thing of the past. Sorry, feminist man-haters. Gay men have found a new home, A home where they are treated as leaders, instead of pets.

    Posted by: AnthonyZarat | Jul 28, 2012 11:25:52 PM


  15. Why should boys have all the political fun? Frustrated by a seeming lack of organization among civic-minded lesbians, a group of women led by Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and including Jane Lynch and Billie Jean King have founded LPAC, a super PAC that will fight for women's and gay rights.

    Posted by: Shonna | Aug 16, 2012 6:37:06 AM


  16. "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.”

    Posted by: Lurline | Aug 17, 2012 7:08:48 AM


  17. LPAC chairwoman Sarah Schmidt says the group is as much about visibility as it is about dollars and cents.

    Posted by: Kayleen Bussey | Oct 16, 2012 4:37:25 AM


  18. LPAC chairwoman Sarah Schmidt says the group is as much about visibility as it is about dollars and cents.

    Posted by: Deandra | Nov 19, 2012 5:42:33 AM


  19. So why not add a letter "G" to the title of the PAC and let the G crowd add money and influence?

    Posted by: Scott K | Nov 26, 2012 1:58:01 AM


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