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Assemblymembers Join EQCA in Urging FDA to Develop New Blood Donation Policies

On May 14, AJR 16, authored by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Eduardo Garcia and Evan Low and sponsored by Equality California, was introduced in the State Assembly in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new blood donor guidelines that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men. The new proposed FDA guidelines would continue(…)

Does the UK now Have the Most LGBT Elected MPs in the World?

According to new research, the number of LGBT MPs elected to the House of Commons today means the UK has the most in the world. The research makes the claim, although there are actually no out trans MPs in the UK. Research from the LGBT Representation and Rights Research Initiative from the University of North(…)

Asm. Chiu’s Equal Protection for All Families Passes First Committee

Yesterday, AB 960, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D—San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The committee voted unanimously to pass the bill, which now moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote at the end of May. The bill would update California’s assisted reproduction laws to help(…)

LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Passes First Committee

The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee on April 30 voted with bi-partisan support to pass Assemblymember David Chiu’s Assembly Bill 959, a bill that would move California public policy closer towards meeting the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. “Excluding LGBT communities from statewide collected data keeps these individuals and(…)

The Occidental Community Choir Will Be “Riding the Waves” During May Concerts

The  Occidental  Community  Choir  presents  “Riding  the  Waves,”  an  eclectic  concert  of   lyrical,  heartfelt  songs  that  will  take  you  on  a  journey  from  the  silly  to  the  sublime.    The   Greek  philosopher  Heraclitus  wrote,  “the  only  thing  constant  is  change.”  Nearly  3000   years  later  it  is  still  true  that  we  must  all(…)

Lights, Cabaret, Action: REVUE Takes Center Stage at Graton Casino

This Memorial Day Weekend, drag is the new Saturday in the North Bay thanks to the star-studded debut of REVUE on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at The Event inside Graton Resort & Casino. Presented by Duane Wells’ LivingWells Lifestyle Events and Graton Resort & Casino in Sonoma County, true to its namesake,(…)

Bill that Supports LGBT Students Moves Through Committee

On April 22, AB 827, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with a 6 to 1 vote. The bill would provide more support and a safer learning environment for LGBT students by requiring that schools provide annual training to teachers on various(…)

Equality California Commends President Obama’s Statement Calling for an end to Conversion Therapy

Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement from Rick Zbur, executive director for Equality California, on President Obama’s call for an end to conversion therapy. “Equality California applauds and commends President Obama for his statement calling for an end to ‘conversion therapy,’ the damaging psychological(…)

Equality California Announces 2015 Legislative Package that Advances Expanded Mission

Equality California is pleased to announce the first eight items in its 2015 legislative package which would improve and advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians and their families. Equality California will announce additional legislation in the coming weeks. In September of 2014, Equality California adopted a new mission statement which is to(…)