Equality California
Sen. Ted Lieu, Author of Bill Banning Conversion “Therapy” in CA, to Receive Ally Leadership Award at Los Angeles Equality Awards
September 20, 2013

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Sen. Ted Lieu, Author of Bill Banning Conversion “Therapy” in CA, to Receive Ally Leadership Award at Los Angeles Equality Awards

(Sacramento) The Youth Equality Act (SB 323), designed to bring youth group tax exemptions in line with California’s existing non-discrimination laws, has passed both the Assembly Tax and Revenue and Judiciary Committees this week, advancing this historic bill to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

(Los Angeles) Equality California today announced that State Senator Ted Lieu will be honored with the 2013 Ally Leadership Award at the Los Angeles Equality Awards, taking place Saturday, October 5 at the JW Marriott in LA Live.

“California’s LGBT youth are protected from harmful psychological abuse and so-called reparative ‘therapy’ thanks to Sen. Lieu’s leadership,” said John O’Connor, executive director of EQCA. “Sen. Lieu has consistently supported our community and his record proves that he is one of our strongest allies in the legislature. We are thrilled to present him with the Ally Leadership Award.”

In 2012, Sen. Lieu earned a 100 percent pro-equality ranking for his support of all six EQCA-sponsored pieces of legislation. In addition, he authored the groundbreaking SB 1172, which protects LGBT youth from psychological abuse by banning reparative “therapy” practices — the first of its kind in the nation.

"I am deeply honored Equality California will present me with its Ally in Leadership Award. Fighting to uphold civil rights and promote social justice is what Equality California is all about,” said Sen. Lieu. ”Working with Equality California and other stakeholders on California's groundbreaking, first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy has been one of the highlights of my public-service career."

On September 29, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1172. Opponents of the bill were granted a temporary injunction that prevented its immediate implementation. In the fall of 2012, EQCA filed a successful motion to intervene in one of the lawsuits, defending the law alongside California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who represented the State of California defendants. EQCA was represented in the cases by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP. The challenges to the law were ultimately thrown out, and California became the first state in the nation to implement this life-saving ban. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a similar bill in August and the Pennsylvania legislature has recently introduced legislation that mirrors SB 1172.

Sen. Lieu represents the 28th Senate District, which encompasses part of Los Angeles County, including all of Carson, Del Aire, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Torrance and parts of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The Ally in Leadership award is presented to individuals whose demonstrated commitment to equality has made a positive impact on the LGBT community statewide or nationally.

The Los Angeles Equality Awards will take place on Saturday, October 5, at the JW Marriott located at LA Live. The Awards will also honor LA Galaxy Soccer Player Robbie Rogers with the Leadership Award, and Planned Parenthood’s Sue Dunlap with the State Farm Good Neighbor Award.

The 2013 Equality Awards are presented by AT&T and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Southwest Airlines. For more information about the Equality Awards, visit www.eqcaawards.org/los-angeles. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Jack Lorenz at jack@eqca.org or by calling 310.266.0502. Direct all media inquiries or credential requests to Communications Director Jesse Melgar by emailing jesse@eqca.org or by calling 323-848-9801 ext. 207.

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California. For more than a decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully pass over 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org