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Equality California Releases 2021 Legislative Scorecard Highlighting Broad Support for LGBTQ+ Equality in Sacramento
January 31, 2022 at 7:18 pm

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January 31, 2022

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released its annual state legislative scorecard for 2021 on Monday, demonstrating broad support in the California Legislature for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice. Two-thirds of the Legislature earned at least 80% on the organization’s scorecard, with 70* legislators earning perfect marks for their votes on pro-equality legislation.

Governor Gavin Newsom scored 88% in his third year in office, after he signed seven out of eight bills scored by Equality California that reached his desk. The governor earned 100% scores in 2019 and 2020.

“While states across the nation pursued and passed policies attacking the transgender community, the California Legislature invested in the health and well-being of trans and gender-nonconforming people and adopted legislation to better respect and affirm Californians’ gender identities,” wrote Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang in a letter introducing the scorecard. “From streamlining the processes that transgender people can use to change their names on marriage certificates, college diplomas and their children’s birth certificates to allowing nonbinary people’s identities to be recorded accurately on death certificates, these advancements are a testament to the dedicated activists who inspire us with their stories, integrity and perseverance.”

Equality California and the organization’s Nevada-based affiliate Silver State Equality will release their annual joint federal scorecard evaluating members of both states’ congressional delegations in February.

*Note: A previous version of this press release stated that 61 legislators earned 100% on the 2021 legislative scorecard. The correct number of legislators who earned 100% is 70.


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

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