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,(…)

New Rport Finds California Schools Remain Hostile for Many LGBTQ Secondary Students

GLSEN this week released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. The biennial survey, which began in 1999, found that harassment and discrimination negatively affect LGBTQ students’ educational outcomes and(…)

New California laws taking effect in 2017

A higher minimum wage, a ban on using “Redskins” as the name of a school team or mascot, and new restrictions on assault weapons are among the latest California laws taking effect with the new year. Below, what to know about the new laws in California: Minimum Wage: California’s minimum wage will increase from $10(…)

LGBT Ativist Jared Milrad Launches #WeWontGoBack National Equality Movement

Jared Milrad, an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and activist, has launched We Won’t Go Back, a people’s movement for Americans of all backgrounds fighting to protect the country’s highest ideals of inclusivity, equality, justice and opportunity. The movement’s Web site,, provides unique resources for supporters to increase democratic engagement, including more than a dozen prominent non-profit(…)

Sen. Atkins Itroduces Legislation to Create Housing for Lower-income Californians

Toni Atkins Shortly after being sworn in as the senator representing California’s 39th District Monday, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced legislation, SB 2, to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. “The Legislature must address California’s severe housing crisis,” Atkins said. “While local communities largely control housing development, there are ways the(…)