Babs

“Babs” is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Vice Chair of the NJ Democratic State Committee and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of NJ. For the current campaign she serves on the Executive Committee of Trans United 4 Obama. She has served as Vice Chair of the DNC Eastern Caucus, President of NJ Stonewall Democrats, Co-Chair of National Stonewall Democrats Federal PAC Board, Vice-Chair of Garden State Equality, Executive Board member of National Stonewall Democrats as Chair of the DNC Relations Committee and a member of the NJ Civil Unions Review Commission.

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Big Win in Congress for Trans Military

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Thursday, July 13, 2017 Democrats stood together and tall for common sense military readiness, transgender equality and health care equality and were joined by 24* Republicans and defeated an unnecessary and hateful amendment by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, that would have banned the coverage of transition-related health care for transgender troops.

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The Bad, The Ugly, The Good and The Hope For Better

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

While Governor Chris Christie is in a stand off with the New Jersey Legislature over the state’s budget all of the state parks and recreational facilities are closed. Except the governor has access to a residence which is located in a state park very near the beach. While as a lame duck Christie enjoys a 15% approval rating and can’t run for reelection our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein is hoping that he will feel beneficent after his vacation at the shore and will sign several bills into law that benefit trans people in the state. In a special report Babs tells you what those bills are and how they would be good for trans people.

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Terrific Transgender Candidates

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

As we are on track to witness a record number of murders of trans people here in the United States, we are no doubt seeing a record number of qualified transgender people  running for public office and that is a terrific way of fighting back. DANICA ROEM Danica Roem has worked in her personal and […]

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Time for Trans People to Stand Up and Show Up

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and there will be several events around the country that focus on trans people. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein has good advice when she says it’s time to stand up and show up. Most of the legislators who are busy passing restroom bills have never met a trans person. That makes June the perfect time to get out there, be seen, and if possible meet the legislators. Babs has some info on some events at the national and state level.

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Sick of Trump? Fight Back!

| Apr 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you find the roll backs of trans rights being enacted around the country and by the Federal government then you have two options. You can complain about it on social media or you can get off your behind and get out to events that can help make things better. Not just marches and demonstrations but training sessions, meeting with legislators and learning to be an advocate for yourself. Babs Casbar Siperstein has some suggestions that you can follow to take action.

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Fighting Back in New Jersey

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

Babs Casbar Siperstein is very active in New Jersey politics. As the nation faces roll backs of trans rights protections Babs has filed a report on what is being done in New Jersey to protect trans rights. Several bill passed in the legislature recently but Governor Christie is unlikely to sign them. Trans people in the state are organizing and stepping up to demand that their rights be protected. Learn more in Babs’ report.

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Trump/Pence — Worse than you think!

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (4)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein reports from the frontlines in the resistance movement. First she talks about the organizations and agencies that will possibly be able to stave off attacks on LGBTQ rights from the Trump administration. Then she reports on what went on at a meeting in Philadelphia with Senators Cory Booker and Bob Casey which brought together a number of other legislators as well as activists and LGBTQ organizations to make plans for the coming months.

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Challenges of 2017

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

During the past eight years trans rights have been boosted by the Obama Administration. Rules were put in place to help trans people to get the equal treatment they are entitled to and President Obama was hailed as the “transgender rights president.” Trans allowed to serve openly in the military. Trans people actually visible in the administration. All those gains can be wiped away in just a few weeks when the new administration takes over. Babs Casbar Siperstein discusses what we may lose and she reports on the results of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

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Trump/Pence and The Trans Community

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein takes a look at the possible ramifications of the Trump/Pence administration for members of the trans and LGBQ communities. She looks at everything from the progress our community has made through President Obama’s executive orders to the Affordable Care Act, trans in the military, and more. For some enlightenment on the dark days ahead read what Babs has researched.

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Here’s Why You Should Vote Democratic

| Nov 7, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our political correspondent, Babs Casbar Siperstein, has been fighting for our rights as trans people for many years. Most often in that struggle she has had elected officials from the Democratic Party as allies. She has worked with and for Mrs. Clinton and she has words of advice for those in the trans, and the LGB communities about who has their best interest at heart. Read her comparison of the Democratic platform that Mrs. Clinton promotes and the Republican agenda that Mr. Trump would defend and promote. It is clear which party and which candidate will stand for you.

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Civil Rights for LGBT People, Immigrants and Women Intersect

| Oct 10, 2016 | Comments (1)

A tweet that I saw posted on Facebook this Sunday afternoon hours before the Second Presidential debate: “Make no mistake, Ladies. Trump may be the face of your rapist, but Pence is every judge who made sure he got away with it”. These words remind us as LGBTQ people, as transgender people, what is at […]

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Being “Out” Is Now In

| Sep 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein has met a number of trans women who have worked hard, gotten educated and made their way successfully in the business world. Now she is happy to report that two of them have decided to leave their mainstream jobs behind to devote themselves to working for the trans community. What’s exciting is that there are now organizations that serve trans people’s needs that can hire people for real salaries. Meet two of Bab’s friends who are now gainfully employed in a trans organization.

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For TG Dems the 2016 Convention Was a Political Revolution

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (1)

Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on the growing amount of trans inclusion at Democratic Party conventions. The latest DNC convention features more trans people as delegates, super delegates, alternates or committee members than ever before. And their was a trans woman on the dais every night, all night. Marisa Richmond was the official Timekeeper. Read about the rest of the trans history that was made at the DNC last month and read Bab’s report.

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26 Trans Delegates at the DNC Convention

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Babs Siperstein is a superdelegate and will attending the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. from July 25 through 28. She reports today that the number of out transgender delegates to the convention more than doubles the number of trans delegates at the 2012 convention. She has a list so you can be informed about the trans delegates who will speak for you.

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Why I Support Hillary

| Jun 20, 2016 | Comments (7)

Babs Siperstein is a superdelegate who is pledged to Hillary Rodham Clinton. While Babs admires Bernie Sanders and gets his message of revolution she believes, from seeing it with her own eyes, that Mrs. Clinton and the Democratic Party are the best choice for trans people in November. LGBT rights are hammered into the Party platform and trans women are featured in Mrs. Clinton’s Primary Victory video. Read why Babs supports Mrs. Clinton.

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The 2016 Democratic National Convention LGBT Platform

| May 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Democratic National Convention is set for this July in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Republicans will be holding their convention in Cleveland. Both parties will put forth a platform with goals they hope to achieve if their candidate wins the presidency. While the Republican platform will contain language that is anti-LGBT, that would ban transgender people from public restrooms, the Democratic platform will embrace LGBT people. For an analysis of where the Democratic Party stands on transgender issues read this post.

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Is North Carolina Losing the Restroom Wars?

| May 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

With all the negative news about anti-trans laws keeping us out of public restrooms of our choice it’s important to know that we have big guns on our side — from major corporations to rock stars — many powerful people have got our backs. Babs Casbar Siperstein today presents an in-depth look at the blow back North Carolina is experiencing since they passed HB 2, and she looks at Target’s restroom policy. Babs believes that the Jedi Nights will win.

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Will North Carolina be Potty Police Waterloo? 

| Mar 29, 2016 | Comments (5)

Our political reporter, Babs Casbar Siperstein, has the latest on the legislation being used as ammunition by the conservative right in the Restroom Wars. She has tales of victories and defeats, and offers some tactics that the trans community should implement in order to achieve the right to go to the restroom whenever we need to, wherever we need to.

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Oscars, The Deadly Grouches, and Hope with Hillary

| Feb 29, 2016 | Comments (11)

Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on three things that just might get your riled up. She looks at why the first trans person to ever be nominated for an Oscar decided to boycott the ceremony. She discusses the startling fact that the Republican National Committee has issued an official statement urging Republican legislators to vote in favor of bills to restrict trans restroom rights. And she gets you riled up in a positive way over a new trans movement to support Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee.

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Political Platforms — Just the Facts, A Stunning Tale of Two Parties

| Feb 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Babs writes about the differences between the two main political parties when it comes to how they view the trans community. One party works diligently to add protections for the rights of LGBT people and the other party puts even more effort into trying to suppress LBGT rights. Even when that party tries to be more inclusive they just can’t seem to go all the way. Babs has all the info on where they stand.

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Trans Lunacy or Just Media Lunacy?

| Jan 4, 2016 | Comments (3)

Babs is a bit upset that a convicted traitor to the United States is getting her thoughts on trans matters featured in the media. Babs feels that Chelsea Manning is not the person who should be representing the trans community and she has a number of far better suited people who deserve recognition for all they have done on behalf of the community. Let the media print what they have to say.

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Houston We Have a Real Problem (And it is not about bathrooms)

| Nov 16, 2015 | Comments (2)

Babs Casbar Siperstien helped to get anti-discrimination legislation passed in New Jersey in 2006. That passage took a full court press and featured testimony from trans people and their families, a television ad and a lot of time spent walking the halls of the state capital. Babs feels that the efforts in Houston to get the HERO bill passed fell short in reaching many of the demographics that needed to be won over. See what she believes went wrong in Houston and how it could have been handled better.

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Which Party Stands With Trans People?

| Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

A close look at the Republican candidates for president shows that the only one of them who has been at all sympathetic to trans people is Donald Trump. He let a trans woman compete in the beauty pageant that he owned. As for the rest? They are not so good on trans rights. Find out how they all stand and how the Democratic candidates stand in our political contributor Babs Casbar Siperstein’s latest blog.

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Jersey City First City in NJ with Trans-Inclusive Health Benefits

| Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

On Tuesday September 22, 2015, Mayor Steven Fulop announced that “Jersey City would be expanding the health care it offers city employees to include coverage for transgender medical care and related procedures, such as gender affirmation surgery.” Jersey City will be one of only a handful of large cities across the country offering such benefits […]

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DNC Summer Meeting From a LGBT Perspective

| Sep 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) held its Summer meeting from August 27 -29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since next year is a presidential election year, this meeting featured a “meet the candidates” session, as four of the announced candidates. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein was there and reports on the meeting from and LGBT perspective.

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Ending Trans Discrimination in the military — the rest of the story

| Jul 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

We get closer every day to the time when trans people can serve openly in the military. The Defense Department has now authorized conducting a study to determine the affect openly trans soldiers will have on the various branches of the service. Today Babs Casbar Seperstein runs through some of the important steps that lead to the start of the study and mentions some of the trans advocated who played a large role in moving open trans service along.

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