Actress Jane Lynch, best known for her role on “Glee,” is backing a new political action committee aimed at lesbians. She is joining with tennis icon Billie Jean King and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts to help elect pro-lesbian and pro-women candidates in the 2012 elections.
The Lesbian Political Action Committee’s (LPAC) goal is to raise $1 million to help elect candidates willing to champions their causes. LPAC says that it will support candidates regardless of party affliations, gender, or sexual orientation. The group has already raised $200,000 toward their goal.
Lynch said in a statement, “This year, we have seen politicians repeatedly support policies that harm women. It is important to me to elect leaders who care about issues that impact women and their families. That’s why I support LPAC.”
LPAC is looking for candidates who support ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, protect access to reproductive freedom and health care, and candidates who want to further social, racial and economic justice.
According to the Huffington Post, LPAC has not named any beneficiaries but candidates like U.S. Representative Theresa Baldwin, a candidate seeking to be the first open lesbian woman in the U.S. Senate, and others like her are likely to be the recipients of the donations to LPAC.
Others who support LPAC include veteran gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid, former publisher of Provincetown Banner Alix Ritchie, and management consultant and philanthropist Sara Schmidt. Tennis icon Billie Jean King said of the formation of the group, “Members of the LGBT community are inspirational leaders and role models in every aspect of American life. 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.”
LPAC believe that it is the first group of its kind to specifically target lesbians and women. The group believes by doing so it will give lesbians and women an influential voice in mainstream politics.