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Equality California Mourns Charleston Shooting Victims
LOS ANGELES — In response to this week’s horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: “Today, as African Americans across the country observe the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery, we’re reminded how little we’ve progressed as a society...

Bills Addressing Sex Ed, Bullying, LGBT Healthcare,Foster Care Clear Houses of Origin

SACRAMENTO – Caregivers tasked with placing California foster youth in homes would be required to take a young person’s gender identity into consideration when making this critical decision, under new legislation passed by a key Senate committee. Senate Bill 731, authored by Senator Mark Leno, is designed to ensure that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. The bill passed the Senate Human Services Committee on Tuesday with a 3-0 vote.




Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute Launch Coalition to Educate Public on Transgender Issues
Los Angeles and Oakland - Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute are launching a coalition to implement a statewide public education campaign to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face. 


Equality California Statement on Boy Scouts President’s Call to End Ban on LGBT Leaders

Los Angeles - Today, in response to a call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates for the organization to end its ban on LGBT adult scout leaders, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:



California Assembly Passes Equal Protection for All Families Act with Unanimous Vote

Los Angeles - The Equal Protection for All Families Act, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Our Family Coalition, passed the California Assembly yesterday with unanimous support. The bill updates California assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are protected equally under California law.



Assemblymembers Bloom, Garcia, and Low Join EQCA in Urging the FDA to Develop Blood Donation Policies Based on Risk Assessment

Los Angeles - Yesterday, AJR 16, authored by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Eduardo Garcia and Evan Low and sponsored by Equality California, was introduced in the State Assembly in response to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new blood donor guidelines that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men. The new proposed FDA guidelines would continue to prohibit blood donation from all sexually active gay and bisexual men. Specifically, all men who have had sex with another man within the past 12 months would be prohibited from donating blood. The resolution calls on President Barack Obama to encourage the Secretary of Health and Human services to direct the FDA to develop science-based guidelines that focus on risk-assessment of individuals instead of the arcane and discriminatory standards that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men.




Asm. Chiu's Equal Protection for All Families Passes First Committee

Los Angeles  Yesterday, AB 960, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D—San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The committee voted unanimously to pass the bill, which now moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote at the end of May. The bill would update California’s assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are equally protected by law. 



LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Passes First Committee

Sacramento The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee today voted with bi-partisan support to pass Assemblymember David Chiu’s Assembly Bill 959, a bill that would move California public policy closer towards meeting the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities.



Bill that Supports LGBT Students Moves Through Committee

Los Angeles This morning, AB 827, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with a 6 to 1 vote. The bill would provide more support and a safer learning environment for LGBT students by requiring that schools provide annual training to teachers on various resources available to support LGBT students both at school and in the local community.



Equality California Stands Ready to Fight Ballot Initiatives that Targets the LGBT Community

Los Angeles  Equality California, California's largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to LGBT opponents filing paperwork for a statewide ballot initiative that would require government building owners and managers to have individuals provide proof of their gender in order to use restrooms in government buildings. The ballot measure targets transgender people, gender nonconforming people, and the LGBT community as a whole.



Leno Bill Requires Caregivers to Consider Gender Identity When Placing Transgender Foster Youth in Homes
Sacramento – Caregivers tasked with placing California foster youth in homes would be required to take a young person’s gender identity into consideration when making this critical decision, under new legislation passed by a key Senate committee. Senate Bill 731, authored by Senator Mark Leno, is designed to ensure that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. The bill passed the Senate Human Services Committee on Tuesday with a 3-0 vote.

Equality California's Statement on the Announcement that Hillary Clinton is a Candidate for President of the United States

Los Angeles  Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement on the announcement that Hillary Clinton is a candidate for President of the United States.



Equality California Commends President Obama's Statement Calling for an end to Conversion Therapy

Los Angeles Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement from Rick Zbur, executive director for Equality California, on President Obama’s call for an end to conversion therapy.



Equality California Endorses Geoff Kors for Palms Springs City Council

Los Angeles  Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced today its endorsement of Geoff Kors for Palm Springs City Council.



Equality California Endorses Asm. Susan Bonilla for State Senate District 7

Sacramento  Equality California today announced its endorsement of Assemblymember Susan Bonilla for State Senate District 7. The district represents the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.



Equality California Announces 2015 Legislative Package that Advances Expanded Mission

Sacramento  Equality California is pleased to announce the first eight items in its 2015 legislative package which would improve and advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians and their families. Equality California will announce additional legislation in the coming weeks.



Statement from Equality California on the Proposed Anti-LGBT Ballot Initiative

Los AngelesEquality California released the following statement regarding the proposed anti-LGBT ballot initiative, the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, and Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision to seek judicial authorization to not issue a title and summary.



Equality California is Nation’s First Major LGBT Organization to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President in 2016

Los Angeles  Equality California, the nation’s second largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender membership organization, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. EQCA is the first major LGBT organization in the nation to endorse the former Secretary of State for President.



NCLR, EQCA, and TLC Sponsor California Equal Benefits Bill

Sacramento — Introduced by Senator Mark Leno, Senate Bill 703 builds on existing California law that prohibits employers from discriminating based on gender, including gender identity, in employee benefits. Sponsored by NCLR, EQCA, and TLC, the bill prohibits a state agency from entering into a contract in the amount of $100,000 or more with any company that discriminates based on gender identity by failing to offer equal benefits to all employees regardless of their gender identity.



Equality California Statement on the Log Cabin Republicans winning recognition from the State GOP
“We are glad the Republicans have taken this important first step towards recognizing LGBT people within their own Party," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.

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