Each year, Equality California sets out to change the face of our state through legislative advocacy. When we began 17 years ago, protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians were limited, at best. Since then, Equality California has joined with our allies in Sacramento and with you to successfully sponsor more pro-equality legislation in California than in all other states combined. Our collective work to pass over 100 bills has transformed California into a state with some of the most advanced civil rights protections for LGBT people in the nation
We won't get there in one legislative session, but over the next several months we will pursue a series of bills that will move us a little closer to the state of equality in which we all want to live.
Modernize Birth Certificates | AB 1951
AB 1951, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, would modernize California birth certificates by allowing parents to choose to self-designate as “father,” “mother” or “parent,” eliminating inaccurate designations and confusion for same-sex parents.
End Panic Defense | AB 2501
AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, would eliminate the so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses, outrageous tactics used by defendants who claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Protect Students| SB 840
SB 840, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, moves forward on recommendations from 2013’s statewide audit on school safety and nondiscrimination laws, to hold schools accountable for documenting responses to bullying and referring students to appropriate services.
Youth Equality Act | SB 323
SB 323 ensures nonprofit youth organizations that receive special state tax privileges comply with California’s nondiscrimination laws. Specifically, this bill revokes the special tax status rewarded to nonprofit youth organizations should they violate our state’s nondiscrimination laws.
Clean Up Marriage Language | SB 1306
SB 1306, authored by Senator Mark Leno, brings California statutory law into line with last June’s Supreme Court decision restoring the freedom to marry in California. References to “husband” and “wife” would be replaced with gender-neutral language such as “spouse” to recognize all married couples throughout California code.
LGBT Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers | SB 703
Assembly Bill 496 clarifies that existing cultural competency training for health care providers should include discussion of LGBT issues. Also appoints a representative of the LGBT community to an existing task force on cultural competency for health care providers.
Respect After Death Act | AB 1577
AB 1577, the Respect After Death Act, authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, would make sure death certificates for transgender Californians accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.
Successes from 1999 - 2013
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation passed: 96
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that became law: 78
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation vetoed: 15
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that died in committee: 3
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation passed: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation that became law: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation defeated: 37
Over the past fifteen years, EQCA has successfully passed 105 pieces of civil rights legislation for the LGBT community – more than any other statewide LGBT organization in the nation.
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