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Leno Bill Modernizing Digital Privacy Protections Clears Key Hurdle

Legislation that modernizes California’s privacy laws to keep up with emerging technologies passed a key Assembly committee today. Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Leno, protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic communications such as emails, text messages and GPS data that are stored in the cloud and on smartphones, tablets, laptops and(…)

Sixth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR revs into San Diego Aug. 15

  Kiehl’s Since 1851, the New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is gearing up for its 6th annual LifeRide for amfAR — the two-week philanthropic motorcycle ride across several states to raise funds and awareness for AIDS research. The ride will kick off in Denver  Aug. 4, and will travel through Salt(…)

California Assembly Passes Equal Protection for All Families Act with Unanimous Vote

The Equal Protection for All Families Act, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Our Family Coalition, passed the California Assembly yesterday with unanimous support. The bill updates California assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are protected equally under California law. AB(…)

Assemblymembers Join EQCA in Urging FDA to Develop New Blood Donation Policies

On May 14, AJR 16, authored by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Eduardo Garcia and Evan Low and sponsored by Equality California, was introduced in the State Assembly in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new blood donor guidelines that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men. The new proposed FDA guidelines would continue(…)

Asm. Chiu’s Equal Protection for All Families Passes First Committee

Yesterday, AB 960, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D—San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The committee voted unanimously to pass the bill, which now moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote at the end of May. The bill would update California’s assisted reproduction laws to help(…)

LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Passes First Committee

The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee on April 30 voted with bi-partisan support to pass Assemblymember David Chiu’s Assembly Bill 959, a bill that would move California public policy closer towards meeting the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. “Excluding LGBT communities from statewide collected data keeps these individuals and(…)