Each year, Equality California sets out to change the face of our state through legislative advocacy. When we began 13 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 90 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.
Youth Equality Act | SB 323
Clarifies that nonprofit youth organizations will only be rewarded with special tax exemptions if they comply with California’s existing nondiscrimination laws.
School Success and Opportunity Act | AB 1266
AB 1266 addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes and activities, and clarifies existing anti-discrimination law to provide clear protections to transgender students.
LGBT Health Insurance Parity | AB 362
Provides an exemption from state taxes for additional income an employer provides to an employee to make up for federal taxes the employee would otherwise pay to add a registered domestic partner or same-sex spouse (and/or their dependents) to insurance plans.
Transgender Name Changes, Birth and Death Certificates | AB 1121
Simplifies the process required for a name change to reflect a person’s gender identity, as well as ensuring that a person’s identity documents reflect his or her gender identity accurately, particularly death certificates.
LGBT Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers | AB 496
Clarifies that existing cultural competency training for health care providers should include discussion of LGBT issues. Also appoints an representative of the LGBT community to an existing task force on cultural competency for health care providers.
LGBT Cultural Competency Training for Administrators in Senior Care Facilities | AB 663
Ensures that administrators of residential care facilities have an additional five hours of training in cultural competency and sensitivity in aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection | AB 1208
Ensures that the LGBT community is counted in California through health insurance eligibility application forms, which is an important step toward reducing the disparities the LGBT community faces in access to and quality of health services.
Assembly Joint Resolution 19 | AJR 19
Urges the federal government to act on this issue, and serve as an example for other states to follow as we continue to champion support for veterans’ rights.
Senate Resolution 18 | SR 18
Urges CalPERS and CalSTRS not to invest future resources from their pension plans in Russia.
Successes from 1999 - 2012
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation passed: 91
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: 2
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
In the past decade, EQCA has successfully passed more than 90 pieces of civil rights legislation for the LGBT community – more than any other statewide LGBT organization in the nation.
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