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Protections for transgender foster youth signed into law

Legislation authored by Sen. Mark Leno that provides new protections for transgender foster youth in California was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 731 ensures that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. It requires caregivers tasked with(…)

Equality California Forms Statewide Steering Council of Community Leaders Posted on September 23, 2015

Equality California (EQCA), California’s largest statewide LGBT rights organization, has announced the formation of the EQCA Equality Council, a new advisory board that has been formed to better inform and develop strategic organizational policy. The council will support EQCA’s new mission by increasing visibility of the organization, assisting EQCA with outreach and supporting EQCA staff(…)

EQCA Sponsored Bill that Gives Teachers Support Resources for LGBT Students Goes to Governor

Today, the Legislature passed AB 827, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) and sponsored by Equality California. AB 827 offers more support and provides safer learning environments for LGBTQ students by ensuring that schools provide 7th – 12th grade teachers information on school site and community resources available to their LGBTQ students.(…)

Leno Bill Modernizing Digital Privacy Protections Clears Key Hurdle

Legislation that modernizes California’s privacy laws to keep up with emerging technologies passed a key Assembly committee today. Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Leno, protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic communications such as emails, text messages and GPS data that are stored in the cloud and on smartphones, tablets, laptops and(…)

Sixth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR revs into San Diego Aug. 15

  Kiehl’s Since 1851, the New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is gearing up for its 6th annual LifeRide for amfAR — the two-week philanthropic motorcycle ride across several states to raise funds and awareness for AIDS research. The ride will kick off in Denver  Aug. 4, and will travel through Salt(…)