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Equality California Stands Ready to Fight Ballot Initiative that Targets the LGBT Community
April 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2015

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (415) 595-9245/EMAIL: jason@eqca.org

Los Angeles – Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to LGBT opponents filing paperwork for a statewide ballot initiative that would require government building owners and managers to have individuals provide proof of their gender in order to use restrooms in government buildings. The ballot measure targets transgender people, gender nonconforming people, and the LGBT community as a whole.

“Our opponents once again filed paperwork with the California Attorney General’s office for a ballot measure that targets the LGBT community. Equality California, along with our partners, stands ready to defend LGBT Californians,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. This initiative is clearly unconstitutional and unenforceable. Requiring individuals to prove their gender in order to use restrooms in government buildings is not only outrageous and offensive, but measures necessary to enforce it would be ludicrous and violate everyone’s standards of personal privacy.”

Paperwork was filed by the Pacific Justice Institute with the California Attorney General’s office on Friday, April 17th. Anti-LGBT measures, similar to this one, have been proposed in other states, like Kentucky and Florida, and those bills have been widely condemned. Federal law prohibits targeting transgender people in this way and excluding them from spaces that match the gender that they live every day. Equality California is working with the ACLU, the LA LGBT Center, the Transgender Law Center, NCLR, and a coalition of other partnered organizations to monitor the proposed ballot measure and to prepare to fight it.

“Our opponents are creating a problem where this is none and are inviting expensive lawsuits against the state of California,” said Zbur. “It’s clear that the measure would require unlawful discrimination under federal laws like Title VII and Title IX, and under the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.”

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org


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