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Equality California


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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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  • Equality California Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, announced today the election of 12 new members to its boards of directors.
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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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