Trump’s Ban Harming Transgender Troops; U.S. Military, Lambda Legal; OutServe-SLDN Tell Court

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Thursday asked a federal court to halt immediately all steps taken to implement the Trump Administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. “Before the President’s vicious attack on transgender Americans, transgender service members had been serving openly and proudly in every branch of(…)

Affordable-Housing Bill Clears Major Hurdle, Passes on Assembly Floor

The California Assembly today voted 54-25 to pass SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act – legislation authored by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.Following the vote Atkins made the following statement: “California is in crisis. Rising housing costs affect us all. Too(…)

Assembly passes Gender Recognition Act, advancing LGBTQ civil rights in California

The California Assembly Wednesday passed SB 179, legislation authored by Sen. Toni Atkins that would create a third gender marker on state-issued identification documents for people who identify as nonbinary or intersex. The bill would also streamline the process for transgender, intersex and nonbinary Californians to obtain identification documents that accurately reflect their gender. The(…)

LGBT Data Collection Bill Passes Legislature

 Assembly Bill 677 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which would help ensure California public policy meets the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities, Monday passed the Assembly on concurrence and now heads to the Governor’s desk. “I want to thank all of my colleagues in the Legislature for understanding the(…)

State Senate approves Gender Pay Equity Bill

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) Thursday won state Senate approval of her legislation to combat the reality that women earn less than men for the exact same work. Studies have proven beyond dispute that women in the U.S. are paid, on average, less than men for doing the same jobs. AB 1209,(…)

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) uses this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.(…)