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Human Rights Advocates Blast Trump’s Immigration Policy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered his long-awaited speech on immigration yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Hard on the heels of his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump doubled down on his harsh immigration rhetoric vowing “no amnesty” for undocumented migrants living in the United States and promising to build a “beautiful” and “impenetrable”(…)

Human Trafficking Reform Legislation Heads to Governor

Human trafficking legislation by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that would create minimum penalties for those attempting to purchase sex was approved by the Assembly Tuesday on a unanimous 63-0 vote. It will now be submitted to the Governor. Under Assembly Bill 1708, California would, for the first time, treat the purchasing and selling of(…)

California Legislature Passes Resolution Calling for Federal Equality Act

The California Legislature has passed AJR 45, a resolution authored by Asm. David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California, calling on Congress to pass the federal Equality Act. The Equality Act updates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in the areas of(…)

Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre Cancels Concert By Anti-gay Reggae Artist

Petaluma’s Mystic Theater has canceled scheduled a September show by reggae artist Sizzla whose lyrics insight violence against the LGBTQI Community and who makes anti-gay statements during performances.  He first emerged onto the Jamaican dancehall scene in the late ‘90s, and quickly became notorious for incorporating hateful lyrics into his songs. The North Bay LGBTQI(…)

California Legislature Approves Youth Suicide Prevention Bill

The California Assembly late yesterday approved a bill that would require the adoption of comprehensive suicide prevention plans by local California school districts for students attending grades 7-12. Assembly Bill (AB) 2246 was previously approved by the Senate and now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill was authored by Assemblymember Patrick(…)

Nearly 20 California Colleges on ‘Shame List’ of Worst Campuses for LGBT Youth

Campus Pride today releases its 2016 “Shame List,” highlighting for the first time a national list of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.”  The national listing includes 102 campuses that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site listing.   Find the detailed list online at CampusPride.org/ShameList “Most(…)

New Nonpartisan Poll Shows LGBTQ Equality is a Winning Message

A new national poll shows Americans are strongly rejecting laws like North Carolina’s HB2, which targeted transgender people and wrote discrimination into state law. The national survey released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found that only 35 percent support such laws, while 64 percent of Americans oppose them. What’s more, only 30 percent(…)

DOL Issues Regulations Ensuring Federal Contractors Comply with LGBTQ Non-discrimination Protections

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing President Obama’s executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Thomas Perez “Federal contracts should deliver value for taxpayers in a(…)