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EQCA Applauds Rocklin School for Supporting Transgender Student

Equality California has sent a letter to Rocklin Academy officials applauding the school for its support of a transgender kindergarten student following the reading of a book geared toward that age group by transgender teen and reality TV star Jazz Jennings. As a result of activities by right-wing advocacy groups, a number of parents complained(…)

San Diego AIDS Memorial to be Built in Olive Street Park

After 30 years of discussions, proposals and two AIDS Memorial Task Forces, San Diego will join other cities across the country and all over the world and finally have an AIDS Memorial to remember the over 8,000 men, women and children who have died of AIDS in San Diego County. A public meeting was held(…)

Piedmont Mayor Resigns Over ‘Inflammatory’ Facebook Posts

 The mayor of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area has resigned after causing an uproar with what he calls “inflammatory or insulting” postings on Facebook.Jeff Wieler stepped down as mayor of the tiny city on Sunday, although he’ll remain on the City Council member. Wieler apologized in a letter to fellow council members. At(…)

LGBT Rights Groups Urge Democratic Party Leader to Focus on LGBT Issues

California’s leading LGBTQ rights organizations and community leaders sent a unified message to former California Democratic Party (CDP) chair candidate Kimberly Ellis, urging her to put the fight for civil rights ahead of her personal agenda. Equality California, the Stonewall Democratic Club, and the chair of the CDP’s LGBT caucus were among the organizations and(…)

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in(…)

EQCA: Anti-LGBTQ Statements by Fresno School Board President ‘Ill Informed’

Brooke Ashjian Equality California have responded to statements made last week by Fresno Unified School Board of Trustees President Brook Ashjian in which he suggested that a law requiring schools to include information about LGBTQ people in middle and high school health classes might “sway” students to become LGBTQ themselves. Aug. 4, the Fresno Bee(…)

Supervisor Sues Christian University Over Alleged Cover-up of Anti-gay Violence

Azusa Pacific University (“APU”), a Christian university in Southern California, is being sued by an employee who allegedly suffered severe and unlawful retaliation after complaining about anti-gay violence and harassment. Mahesh Pradhan, a chef and supervisor at APU, alleges that he was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees who(…)

San Diego Equal Pay Ordinance Approved Unanimously

An ordinance by San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) establishing Equal Pay standards for city contractors was approved Monday on a unanimous 9-0 vote. “For San Diego to fulfill its responsibility as a place where anyone has a fair chance to work hard and succeed, we have to use our legal and economic power(…)

Oakland Opens First LGBTQ Community Center

There are an estimated 27 LGBTQ community centers in the state of California and until just recently, Oakland was the only major city in the state without an LGBTQ community center. Founders Jeff Myers and Joe Hawkins sat in the future multi-purpose room of the new LGBTQ community center, a space they share with other(…)