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Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, R.I.P

COMMENTARY: Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, a founding member of‘s Advisory Board, passed away on February 3, 2019, due to cancer. She was 76.

Born Barry Siperstein, Babs started transitioning in the 1980s and was a prominent trans activist.

She was the first trans member of the Democratic National Committee (2011-2017) and was the driving force behind New Jersey’s adoption of the Babs Siperstein Law last year (effective February 1, 2019) which made the state one of only three that no longer require a court order, a doctor’s letter, or other medical evidence to alter gender on one’s birth certificate.

The world will be a less rich place without Babs Siperstein.


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