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Equality California Sponsors Advocacy Day in the California Capitol

Dozens of LGBT activists and allies fanned out across the California Capitol Monday, meeting with legislators in support of ten bills that form Equality California’s 2016 legislative package and priorities.  Each of the priority bills would significantly improve the lives of LGBT Californians in various ways and stand in direct contrast to laws in North(…)

Travel Ban and All-gender Restroom Bills Clear California Assembly

Two Equality California-sponsored bills advancing the civil rights of LGBT people in California and across the country were approved by the California Assembly Monday.  Assembly Bill (AB) 1887 was approved by a vote of 54-21 and AB 1732 passed by 55-19. AB 1887, authored by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell), would prohibit state-funded or sponsored travel to(…)

Trans Woman Settles Human Rights Case with City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton reached an agreement to settle a human rights application involving a trans woman who was denied access to the women’s washroom at the MacNab Bus Terminal in Hamilton by a City employee. The trans woman was provided access to the family washroom. The City of Hamilton recognizes the right of trans(…)

Equality California Announces 2016 Legislative Package

Equality California Monday announced seven bills comprising its 2016 legislative package. “Each of our sponsored bills advances a key portion of the mission we unveiled in 2014,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Laws surrounding HIV transmission continue to stigmatize people living with HIV and must be modernized.  LGBT people are targets of discrimination(…)

Statewide Movement Launched to Promote Safety and Respect for the Transgender Community

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday joined individuals from the transgender community, statewide LGBT organizations, local officials, civil rights groups, businesses, faith-based leaders and community members to launch Transform California – a statewide movement founded by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center to promote respect, understanding and safety for the transgender community. As part(…)

Sen. Leno’s Foreclosure Prevention Bill Passes key Committee

The Senate Banking Committee Wednesday passed legislation that helps prevent unnecessary foreclosures when a primary mortgage holder passes away. Senate Bill 1150, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, closes a loophole in California law that fails to provide surviving spouses and children important protections against foreclosure that are available to other homeowners. “Instead(…)

Equality California Endorses Nine Allies of the LGBT Community for Congress and Assembly

Equality California today announced the endorsement of nine strong LGBT allies for Congress and the California Legislature.“Each of our endorsed candidates is a proven ally of the LGBT community,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “They come from communities large and small, and demonstrate that there are strong champions for LGBT equality throughout(…)