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  • State of LGBT Equality in 55 California Cities Detailed in HRC’s New Municipal Equality Index
  • (Los Angeles) The Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including 55 in California, found that while California cities are some of the best in the country, there are wide disparities in how California's cities guarantee civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
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  • Equality California Salutes California’s Pro-Equality Winners in the 2014 General Election
  • (Sacramento) In an election marked by the defeat of many pro-equality candidates across the nation, Equality California today celebrated the victories of more than 100 of its 116 endorsed pro-equality candidates in California, based on current results. These victories at the local, state and federal level will help ensure that California remains the national leader in advancing full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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  • Equality California Calls on Assembly candidate, Young Kim, to Denounce Mailer Attacking LGBT Youth
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California calls on Young Kim, the candidate challenging Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva in Assembly District 65, to reject and apologize for a misleading mailer sent on her behalf that cynically scapegoats transgender students and plays on unwarranted fears of the electorate.
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  • Equality California Launches Campaign to End the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today launched a mobilization campaign to urge the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to end the discriminatory lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. EQCA’s campaign called “Every Drop Counts” will mobilize the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies, including elected officials and community leaders, to advocate for the end of the ban through direct, public advocacy.
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  • Equality California Announces Two New Senior Staff Hires
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California today announced two significant new staff hires: Gary Collis, who joins as the organization’s deputy director of programs and development, and Valecia Phillips, who joins the organization as director of finance and administration.

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  • Equality California Updates Its Mission to Reflect Evolving Priorities
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today announced that it has updated its mission statement to more fully reflect the organization’s current and future focus.
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  • Governor Brown Signs Three Pieces of Equality California-Sponsored Legislation
  • (Sacramento) Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend signed three pieces of legislation sponsored by Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California: AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, AB 1577, authored by Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and AB 496, authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon. Each of these bills will reduce discrimination and advance equality for LGBT people in the nation’s largest state.

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  • Equality California Announces Five Endorsements
  • (Los Angeles) Today, Equality California announced its endorsement of Senator Mark DeSaulnier for Congressional District 11, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell for Assembly District 70 and three candidates from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community running for local office: Lori Droste for Berkeley City Council, Mario Guerrero for Sacramento Municipal Utility District Ward 3 and Shelley Kaplan for Cathedral City City Council.

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Youth Equality Act

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