Monday, February 04, 2019
Rest In Power Babs Siperstein
The Babs Siperstein Law allows trans New Jersey residents to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without needing to have genital surgery to do so. It also adds the option to have an 'X' marker for gender non conforming people.
And yes, this one is personal because I knew her. When she joined the transcestors, she was surrounded by family, friends, and her longtime partner Dorothy
She was a leader and trailblazer in our community for nearly 20 years. She founded the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey in 2000. She was one of the founding members of Garden State Equality in 2004
She was a supporter of Sen. Cory Booker, who called her before she died. During out DC conversation she also dropped some insider knowledge on me concerning one of his votes he's getting excoriated about by the far left.
Sen. Booker wrote this comment about her last year.
"Babs is a leader, a trailblazer, and a role model for an entire generation of New Jerseyans. If you don’t know her, you probably know someone touched in some way by her tireless activism. It’s an honor to know her, to work with her, and to call her my friend. Here’s to many more years of activism to come and to a legacy that has changed the lives of so many.”
Rest in power and peace, Babs. You've earned it.