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Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Lupe Valdez on Becoming a ‘Woman With Balls’ (Video)

BE Conference 2018: The former Dallas County sheriff spoke about overcoming challenges as both a woman and out lesbian seeking office

Last Updated: March 14, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County and now a gubernatorial candidate in Texas, spoke about how she gained a reputation as a “woman with balls” — and overcame political opponents who targeted her for her gender or sexual orientation.

The out gay Democrat spoke in a panel about the new wave of women’s activism at TheWrap’s BE Conference in Austin, Texas on Monday, joined by Pussyhat Project founder Jayna Zweima, United State of Women director Taylor Barnes, Women’s March LA Foundation founder Emiliana Guereca

The BE Conference is a premier conference that connects change makers seeking to make an impact with game changers at the top of their fields who want to inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders. The audience consists of 350 millennials, including entrepreneurs, influencers and rising stars in their respective worlds, along with 50 mentors who are eager to teach and learn from each other.

Launched in 2017 by TheWrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman, BE Conference offers keynote interviews, panel discussions, workshops, networking and mentoring sessions that build meaningful connections, encourage constructive change, and empower the next generation to BE the best possible version of themselves.

Watch the video above.