New Jersey State Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Wednesday Honoring Babs Siperstein

Transgender Pride flag. The original is now at the Smithsonian Institution.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who signed a transgender rights bill named for Babs Siperstein, has ordered New Jersey state flags be flown at half-staff tomorrow in her honor and memory. The Babs Siperstein Law, which took effect just Friday, requires the state issue amended birth certificates to transgender people in New Jersey, even if they haven’t had a surgical procedure. It is respectful recognition that not all transitioning is surgical, and allows people to have identifying documents that fit the lives they are leading. Babs died on Sunday at 76.

“A ferocious champion for the LGBTQ community, Babs was a dedicated advocate who worked tirelessly to advance transgender equality rights that have changed and saved many lives. Although we lost Babs, her memory and spirit will continue to live on.” – Gov. Murphy

Read Murphy’s Executive Order 54 here. This is an honor, as it was yesterday when state flags were lowered in memory of 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie R. Riley of Fair Haven, NJ, who was killed in a training accident at McGregor Range in New Mexico.

Babs Siperstein’s family will receive mourners tomorrow, Wednesday, at Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave. in Fords from 11 a.m., until 12 noon. Funeral services will be there at noon. Interment will follow in Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, N.J. with shiva will be observed later in the week at Babs’ home in Edison and in the home of her daughter Jana.

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