I caught up with Beth Shipp, LPAC Executive Director and this is what she had to say to our Epochalips community: “Building lesbian political power in any election cycle is important. Building lesbian political power in any election cycle is important. Building it this year to support Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the White House is critical. What better way to bring together our community of politically active lesbians than by hosting one fantastic night of comedy featuring the funniest, sharpest and politically relevant lesbian comedic voices of our time standing up for our rights?”
Right? And with my personal favorite she-roes Marga Gomez, Betty, Alison Bechdel and Billie Jean King onboard this is win-win on every level.
LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ, pro-women’s rights and progressive candidates, announced a first-of-its-kind benefit performance featuring top lesbian and queer comics and women’s rights champions, including Kate Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Billie Jean King, Lea DeLaria, Karen Williams, Cameron Esposito, Judy Gold, Marga Gomez, Jes Tom, Marsha Warfield, Rhea Butcher, and others. Former Late Show with David Letterman Executive Producer and Showrunner Barbara Gaines will produce the show. Award-winning cartoonist and author Alison Bechdel will be designing an original poster for the event. Levity & Justice for All will take place at the historic Town Hall on June 16, 2016, and will celebrate the political voices, humor, and activism of LGBTQ women, inspiring and motivating those in attendance to actively participate in the 2016 election.
“Lesbian and queer women are on the cutting edge of cultural change,” said Kate “Hilarity” Clinton. “Our comedy has always delivered pointed political commentary and helped inspire activism. I am thrilled that LPAC and this stellar line up of comics will take center stage in this critical election to urge our communities to get involved politically and to vote!”
As the first national LGBTQ organization to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, LPAC plans to invest more than $500,000 – including the proceeds of the evening’s event – to get out the vote, and inspire women, young people and the LGBTQ community to support Secretary Clinton and the LPAC-endorsed 2016 slate of progressive candidates.
“Levity & Justice for All” will take place at The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036) in New York City, on June 16, 2016, amidst LGBT Pride Month and shortly prior to the 2016 national political conventions. Funds raised will be used for political education, organizing, and mobilization efforts to support LPAC endorsed candidates. For information on event sponsorship and benefit tickets, contact Patricia Evert at email@example.com.