LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements of five 2020 statewide ballot measures and opposition to one measure on Wednesday afternoon. The organization previously endorsed the Schools and Communities First Initiative (Proposition 15) on January 27, 2020.
Equality California has endorsed the following November 2020 statewide ballot measures:
Equality California opposes the following November 2020 statewide ballot measure:
For a complete list of Equality California’s 2020 endorsements, please visit eqca.org/elections.
YES on Prop 14: Proposition 14 will authorize $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to continue funding stem cell research and development and delivery of treatments in California. Stem cell research helps researchers and doctors better understand how diseases occur and is used for the development of new treatments for and cures for chronic diseases and conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, lower respiratory diseaases, HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases like COVID-19. Given that LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for certain chronic diseases and conditions including HIV/AIDS and cancer and more vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis, Equality California supports Proposition 14.
Yes on Prop 15: California has led the nation in the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice. But the reality is that too many LGBTQ+ students and families across our state — especially LGBTQ+ immigrants, people of color and people living with HIV — still face persistent disparities in health and well-being. Four in 10 California youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ+. Sixty-four percent of LGBTQ+ students report being bullied and harassed in school. Behind each of these statistics are real people with futures we simply cannot afford to sacrifice. Equality California has consistently supported state and local ballot measures to raise revenue to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ Californians and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong, including Propositions 1 and 2 in 2018 and Propositions 55 and 56 in 2016. Equality California supports Proposition 15.
YES on Prop 17: California is one of only a handful of states that denies the right to vote to people on parole but allows people on probation to vote. Few people, including election administrators, understand the difference between probation and parole. The result is that eligible voters think that they cannot vote or refrain from voting out of fear that they may be breaking the law, a phenomenon known as “de facto disenfranchisement.” Furthermore, LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ+ people of color, are overrepresented in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. And they face extraordinary challenges to rebuilding their lives upon release from the system, both because of their criminal record and because they are LGBTQ+. In order to expand access to the fundamental right to vote and address systemic disparities in our criminal justice system, Equality California supports Proposition 17.
YES on Prop 18: As of June 2020, 18 states, along with Washington, D.C., allowed 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the time of the general election to vote in primary elections. In order to increase civic participation within the LGBTQ+ community — especially LGBTQ+ young people and create a culture of voting, Equality California supports Proposition 18.
NO on Prop 20: Proposition 20 would repeal 2014’s Proposition 47, which recategorized some non-violent crimes as misdemeanors, and 2016’s Proposition 57, giving inmates convicted of certain non-violent offenses a shot at early release. Both were endorsed by Equality California at the time. Adding crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted would disproportionately harm communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ+ people of color, are overrepresented in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. LGBTQ+ people are frequently targeted by and vulnerable to increased criminalization and abuse by law enforcement. Equality California opposes Proposition 20.
YES on Prop 25: Equality California strongly supported SB 10, which sought to reform California’s money bail system and replace the current pretrial process that often forces people of modest means accused of minor crimes to remain in jail until a court can determine their innocence or guilt while the wealthy go free. The existing money bail system disproportionately effects people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ people of color, are overrepresented in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and are more likely to be living in poverty. Equality California supports Proposition 25.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org