Yesterday, for the trans/GNC and LGBTQ caucuses, the Jane Fee award was given to Babs (Barbara) Siperstein, who died last year.
This year, there are 35+ trans /GNC delegates to the DNC, and they, of course, are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Jane Fee was the solo trans delegate, at age 73 – the first ever out trans delegate- to the DNC in 2000.
By 2004, there were 7 trans delegates:
Monica Helms (who also created and designed the trans pride flag and TAVA, the first trans veterans org)
Vanessa Edwards Foster, who created the trans lobbying org, NTAC
Barbara Siperstein, who was so awesome she now has a law named after her
Kathy Padilla, who helped pass Philly’s trans rights law
Melissa Sklarz, who has been a moving force in NYC trans rights since forever, and
Christina Ocasio (whose current focus is her awesome music).
They were joined by trans journalist Roslyn Manley and by Mara Keisling of NCTE, who has gone every year in one role or another.
Stay tuned for more info about the current crop of trans/GNC delegates, info about their races, and how you can support them.