FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2011
CONTACT: Jorge Amaro, Equality California
PHONE: (562) 964-3591 EMAIL: jorgeATeqcaDOTorg
Equality California Sponsors Bill Supporting LGBT Judicial Appointments
Legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of optional demographic information provided to the governor’s office as part of the appointment process
Sacramento – Today, Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) introduced SB 182, sponsored by Equality California, which seeks to promote and increase the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the state’s judicial branch. If passed, the bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation as demographic information collected by the governor for state and county judicial appointees and applicants.
“While there are approximately 1,600 judgeships in the state of California, only a handful of judges serving on the bench are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. “This legislation is designed to ensure that judges represent and reflect the diversity of our great state. By collecting additional data, the Governor will have additional information that will hopefully result in qualified judicial applicants and appointees from underrepresented groups such as the LGBT community being appointed so that our judges reflect our population.”
The Governor’s office already collects demographic data provided by all judicial applicants relative to ethnicity, race and gender. This bill would amend state code to include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity on the appropriate forms.
“As Senate Majority Leader and as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked tirelessly to achieve equality for all Californians,” said Senator Ellen Corbett. “For Californians to have confidence in the judicial system, it would be helpful to know that our judges represent the diversity that makes California unique among states.”
For more information on Equality California sponsored legislation, please visit: www.eqca.org/legislation
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past 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 civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed more than 70 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org