Executive Director John O’Connor and Equality California Board Announce Comprehensive Leadership Transition; Board Elects Rick Zbur as New Executive Director
(Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, announced today that its executive director, John O’Connor, will step down in July following a successful, 18-month tenure leading EQCA through a period of extensive organizational transition. EQCA also announced that board member Rick Zbur, a senior partner with the law firm of Latham & Watkins and an LGBT and environmental advocate, has been unanimously elected as the organization’s new executive director.
Bill to Ensure Accurate Gender Reflected on Transgender People’s Death Certificates Moves Forward on Bipartisan Committee Vote
(Sacramento) The Respect After Death Act (AB 1577), authored by Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins and sponsored by Transgender Law Center and Equality California, passed the Assembly Health Committee today by a bipartisan provisional vote of 17-1. The bill is designed to help ensure transgender people have their authentic gender identity reflected on their death certificates.
EQCA-Sponsored Bill to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools Clears Committee with Bipartisan Support
(Sacramento) A bill – authored by Senator Ricardo Lara and co-sponsored by Equality California and GSA Network – that would improve the handling of bullying and discrimination incidents in public schools, has passed the Senate Education Committee by a bipartisan vote of 7-0-2.
Equality California PAC Endorses 37 Additional Candidates
(Sacramento) In a big election year, Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, today rolled out a list of 100 percent pro-equality candidates, including 35 incumbents and a new endorsement for Autumn Burke in AD 62.
Equality California to Honor Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at Sacramento Equality Awards
(Sacramento) Equality California, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, will honor Gov. Jerry Brown with the Leadership Award at the Sacramento Equality Awards on Monday, March 10. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will also be honored, with the Vanguard Award, which will be presented by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins. Sen. Ricardo Lara will host the event.
Equality California Announces 2014 Legislative Package Ensuring Equality Throughout Life
(Sacramento) Equality California is pleased to announce its sponsorship of seven bills for the 2014 legislative session that would improve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians from cradle to grave.
Assemblymember Bonilla and Equality California Introduce Bill to Ban "Panic Defense" Strategy as a Courtroom Tactic by Murder Defendants
(Sacramento) Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla and Equality California announced today that they are partnering to introduce legislation to end the use of the "gay panic" or "trans panic" defense strategy – a tactic used by defendants charged with murder to attempt to mitigate their crimes by claiming their violent acts were triggered by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.