The Advocate magazine has named Austin businesswoman and activist Meghan Stabler as one of its 104 Champions of Pride for 2019.
The LGBTQ publication, which started out as a newsletter in 1967, chose the trans executive, who leads global product marketing for BigCommerce, in part because of her eight years of service on the Human Rights Campaign National Board of Directors. Stabler has co-chaired the boards C4 Public Policy Committee and she also sits on the HRC’s Business Council where she spearheads efforts at trans inclusion.
Recently, Stabler joined the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors, the first trans director at the national level. She is also a backer of Austin’s nonprofit Kind Clinic, a medical complex near 30th Street and Interstate 35 that aims to provide free services such as hormone therapy for people who are transgender, gender nonconforming or nonbinary.
“If you don’t have a good job, you may not have access to good health insurance, and you may not have been able to go to an endocrinologist,” Stabler told the American-Statesman in 2017. “I think this clinic is important for people who need advice, who need care, and who ultimately need hormones.”
She talked to the Advocate about the secret to lobbying the government for change.
“The one thing that meeting with, advising, and lobbying legislators have in common is seeing our humanity,” she said. “We may not like how they vote on our causes, but I equally spend time with our opponents as I do with our allies ... Of course, we have a long way to go, I know it, but I endeavor to advance legislation however I can.”
She urges young people to stand and speak up.
“Sure, there will be a lot of damage to overcome and rebuild from,” she said. “But truth will win, equality will win, and justice in the eyes of the law will be on our side... We will win and the younger generation will be the benefactors of it.”