International Imperial Court Launching Civil Rights Arm

Leaders and activists from all over the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico will be coming to San Diego this coming weekend for a meeting of the International Imperial Court Council, the governing body of the International Imperial Court System, which has chapters in over 69 cities in these three countries.  The organization was founded in 1965(…)

HRC Opposes the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. “Never in the history of our movement have we had more at stake as a community, or as a country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Since the moment he(…)

EQCA on Trump Immigration Orders: ‘We Must Resist’

President Donald Trump issued twin executive orders on Wednesday directing the Department of Homeland Security to begin constructing a $20 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and to hire 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and 5,000 Border Patrol agents to carry out deportations. The executive actions also block “sanctuary cities” from receiving federal funding.(…)

ACLU Update on Anti-LGBT Legislation Across America

LGBT people in America face discrimination in their daily lives.  A majority of states allow discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  While there are more states every day that strive to pass laws to protect their citizens from discrimination, many legislatures sponsor bills that invoke religion, pre-empt local protections, and target transgender people to(…)

Atkins, Wiener Announce Bill to Create New Gender Marker and Ease Process for Gender Change in Court Orders and on State Documents

Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) today announced legislation to enable more transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to obtain state-issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender. The bill is sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center. Senate Bill (SB) 179 would accomplish this by creating a third,(…)

HRC Previews Anti-LGBTQ Action Anticipated in Statehouses During 2017

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a new report previewing battles against anti-LGBTQ state legislation expected in the year ahead. With at least 40 anti-LGBTQ bills in 16 states introduced so far, HRC anticipates that, as in 2016, anti-equality activists will push for legislation giving a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion;(…)