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

LOS ANGELES - Equality 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

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.

Equality California's statement on the Passing of Rev. Malcolm Boyd
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died today at the age of 91. Throughout his life he fought for justice and advancing equality for all people.

Statement on the Supreme Court denying Appeal of NOM's anonymous donors to Proposition 8
"The Supreme Court did the right thing today by confirming that California State transparency laws are applicable to everyone who engages in the political process," said Rick Zbur executive director for Equality California.

Equality California And Assemblymember Chiu Propose Policies That Ensure The LGBT Communities Count
SACRAMENTO - Today, Equality California and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced Assembly Bills 959 and 960 which address concerns voiced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities regarding services overseen by state agencies and equal protections for our families.

Equality California Endorses Three LGBT Champions for West Hollywood City Council
Los Angeles — Equality California today announced endorsements of Hon. John D'Amico, Hon. John Heilman and Joe Guardarrama for three at-large seats on the West Hollywood City Council. EQCA endorses LGBT candidates in local races who have exhibited exceptional leadership and ongoing commitment to LGBT equality and social justice.

California Faith for Equality to Become part of Equality California
LOS ANGELES — Equality California and California Faith for Equality today announced a historic new collaboration that will advance faith-based LGBT equality initiatives in California and across the country. As a result, CFE’s renowned work will become a cornerstone initiative of EQCA and EQCA Institute, and CFE will become a special program within EQCA.

HRC and Equality Federation Highlight California’s LGBT Protections, Laws and Legislative Proposals in Inaugural National Report
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California.

Equality California Releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard Rating Lawmakers on LGBT Votes as Part of its Year End Report

(SACRAMENTO) Equality California today released its annual Legislative Scorecard as part of the organization’s 2014 Year End Report. Rating lawmakers for their votes on legislation that advances equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians, the Legislative Scorecard identifies elected officials – both openly LGBT and allied – who champion causes and issues most important to LGBT people.

Statement from Equality California on FDA’s Blood Products Advisory Panel’s Inaction on Ending Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
(Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today issued the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s Blood Products Advisory Panel’s failure to take a formal vote on the 31 year-old ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.

Statement from Equality California on Ferguson, Mo. Grand Jury Decision

Equality California Salutes California’s Pro-Equality Winners in the 2014 General Election

(Sacramento) In an election marked by the defeat of many pro-equality candidates across the nation, Equality California today celebrated the victories of more than 100 of its 116 endorsed pro-equality candidates in California, based on current results. These victories at the local, state and federal level will help ensure that California remains the national leader in advancing full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Equality California Calls on Assembly candidate, Young Kim, to Denounce Mailer Attacking LGBT Youth
(Los Angeles) Equality California calls on Young Kim, the candidate challenging Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva in Assembly District 65, to reject and apologize for a misleading mailer sent on her behalf that cynically scapegoats transgender students and plays on unwarranted fears of the electorate.

Equality California Launches Campaign to End the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
(Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today launched a mobilization campaign to urge the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to end the discriminatory lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. EQCA’s campaign called “Every Drop Counts” will mobilize the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies, including elected officials and community leaders, to advocate for the end of the ban through direct, public advocacy.

Equality California Announces Two New Senior Staff Hires

(Los Angeles) Equality California today announced two significant new staff hires: Gary Collis, who joins as the organization’s deputy director of programs and development, and Valecia Phillips, who joins the organization as director of finance and administration.

Equality California Updates Its Mission to Reflect Evolving Priorities
(Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today announced that it has updated its mission statement to more fully reflect the organization’s current and future focus.

Equality California Announces Five Endorsements

(Los Angeles) Today, Equality California announced its endorsement of Senator Mark DeSaulnier for Congressional District 11, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell for Assembly District 70 and three candidates from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community running for local office: Lori Droste for Berkeley City Council, Mario Guerrero for Sacramento Municipal Utility District Ward 3 and Shelley Kaplan for Cathedral City City Council.

Governor Brown Signs Three Pieces of Equality California-Sponsored Legislation

(Sacramento) Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend signed three pieces of legislation sponsored by Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California: AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, AB 1577, authored by Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and AB 496, authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon. Each of these bills will reduce discrimination and advance equality for LGBT people in the nation’s largest state.

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