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(…)

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 “Most(…)

Gonzalez Bills Designed to Reduce Poverty, Improve Working Conditions and Improve Public Safety Head to Senate Floor

  Lorena Gonzalez The Senate Committee Appropriations forwarded 10 bills authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to the full State Senate, advancing her efforts to bolster the earning power of working families and protect their public safety, regardless of immigration status. The Senate’s committee on fiscal issues released from its suspense file(…)

EQCA-sponsored Blood Ban Resolution Clears California Senate

The California Senate Thursday day passed a bipartisan resolution by California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) calling for an end to federal blood donation policies that discriminate against men who have sex with men (MSM). Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 26 calls upon President(…)

Equality California Endorses 10 Pro-Equality Candidates in Federal, State and Local Races

Equality California today announced the endorsements of 10 strong pro-equality candidates for Congress, the California Assembly and local offices throughout the state. “LGBT equality depends heavily on the people we send to represent us at every level of government,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Each of our endorsed candidates has a long(…)

San Diego HIV/AIDS Annual Retreat to be Held Sept. 12-16

  Strength for the Journey is a 5 day retreat providing a safe, caring, and healing community that fosters spiritual and emotional growth. In addition to providing the physical needs of a retreat, the program also offers various group workshops on health and wellness, medication adherence, nutrition, and diet and exercise. One of the main(…)