OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) to name New Jersey’s “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in honor of New Jersey transgender activist Babs Siperstein was unanimously approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee today, moving the bill to the full Assembly for a vote.
“Babs Siperstein was a trailblazer for LGBTQ rights and a champion for transgender New Jerseyans,” said Assemblywoman Downey. “As we remember those we have lost to bigotry and transphobia, it's only fitting that Babs' legacy inspires us to continue the fight for acceptance for all LGBTQ people. As a true leader in the movement for transgender rights, Babs is a shining example of what we can achieve when we stand together in solidarity and pride.”
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Babs Siperstein served in the Army and worked as a small-business owner prior to her transition. Following her wife's death in 2001, Siperstein became an activist for marriage equality, workplace discrimination reforms, and other anti-discrimination efforts in support of LGBTQ Americans. She passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 76.