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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.