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  • Equality California PAC Endorses Three Candidates in Congressional Races
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California PAC today endorsed three officials in federal legislative races: Amanda Renteria for Congressional District 21, Ted Lieu for Congressional District 33 and Pete Aguilar for Congressional District 31.

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  • Four Pieces of Equality California-Sponsored Legislation Go to Governor Brown’s Desk
  • (Sacramento) Four bills that Equality California sponsored during the 2014 legislative session are now before Gov. Jerry Brown, one of which was EQCA’s 100th piece of legislation to pass in the California Legislature. That bill, AB 2501 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. It is the first measure of its kind in the nation, as are the other three bills now awaiting Governor Brown’s consideration.
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  • Equality California Welcomes Rick Zbur as New Executive Director
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, today welcomed Rick Zbur as its new executive director, during a period of evolution and planned growth for the organization.
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  • Respect After Death Act Passes, Awaits Governor's Signature
  • (Sacramento) Yesterday, California’s Respect After Death Act (AB 1577) was sent to Governor Brown for his signature, having now passed in both the Assembly and Senate. The bill will provide guidance to help ensure that transgender people have their gender identity reflected on their death certificates. It was authored by Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and sponsored by Equality California and Transgender Law Center.
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  • Equality California Celebrates 100 Pieces of LGBT Rights Legislation with Passage of the "Panic Defense" Bill
  • (Sacramento) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, celebrated its 100th piece of passed legislation today when the California Assembly — by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 58-14 — approved AB 2501, which would prohibit the use of the “panic defense” to support a finding of sudden quarrel or heat of passion, which is necessary to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, now moves on to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

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  • Equality California Sponsors Resolution Urging an End to Discrimination in Blood Donor Procedures
  • (Sacramento) Equality California announced that it has partnered with Assemblymember Richard Bloom to advance an assembly joint resolution that has passed the Assembly Floor today with a final bipartisan vote count of 58 to 15. AJR 50 urges President Barack Obama to compel the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration to adopt modernized blood donor policies that do not discriminate against men who have had sex with other men.
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  • Equality California Announces First Endorsements in Federal Races for November Election
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California — the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California — today announced its first round of endorsements at the federal level for the November 2014 election. Having focused on state races in recent years, EQCA has expanded its scope to include federal endorsements and more will follow in the coming weeks.
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  • Bill to Modernize California Birth Certificate Passes Assembly and Moves to Governor’s Desk
  • (Sacramento) Today, AB 1951, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California, passed the California Assembly by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 50-8 and now moves on to the Governor for a signature. The bill will modernize California’s birth certificate to reflect accurately the gender of a child’s parent or parents. The updated birth certificates will allow each parent to identify as mother, father or parent.

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Youth Equality Act

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