EQCA to Sponsor New Legislation to Expand Equal Restroom Access in California

Equality California announced Friday that it is sponsoring legislation, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), that would establish the nation’s most progressive restroom access law.  AB 1732, the Equal Restroom Access Act, would require single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and public spaces to be identified as “all gender.” “Restrooms are a necessity(…)

Equality California Endorses 48 Pro-Equality Incumbents in California Legislative Races

Equality California today announced the endorsements of 48 members of the California Senate and Assembly for reelection in the 2016 election cycle. In order to earn Equality California’s endorsement for reelection, members of the legislature must earn a perfect 100 percent Equality Score on the organization’s Legislative Scorecard, which tracks their votes on priority legislation(…)

Equality California Endorses Four Dozen Pro-Equality Incumbents in Legislative Races

Equality California today announced the endorsements of 48 incumbent candidates for reelection to the California Senate and Assembly for the 2016 election cycle.“As we move forward with addressing the disparities still facing LGBT Californians in so many areas, our legislative partners are more important to us than ever,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur.(…)

LGBT rights among local highlights at ABA meeting in San Diego

Implications of the California drought, anti-poverty best practices for San Diego, President Obama’s executive action on curbing gun violence and the conflict between religious freedoms and LGBT rights are chief among local legal issues that will be explored at the 2016 American Bar Association (ABA) Midyear Meeting Feb. 3-8 in San Diego. Local and regional(…)

National AIDS Memorial Grove Announces Recipients of 2015 Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

The National AIDS Memorial Grove has awarded six outstanding undergraduate students each with a Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship for their commitment to active roles of public service and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who(…)

Santa Clara County Hires Staff for Unique New Office of LGBTQ Affairs

  Santa Clara County, the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area region, and one of the most affluent counties in the United States has filled two full-time positions for its newly-created Office of LGBTQ Affairs. The county is only the third local government agency—and the first county in the nation—to have an(…)

San Diego Cop Fatally Shoots Gay Man; His Third Shooting Since 2013

  Joshua Adam Sisson A San Diego police officer who fatally shot a gay man on Friday has killed three people in less than three years. The victim, 30-year-old Joshua Adam Sisson (pictured), was allegedly holding a large kitchen knife to his boyfriend’s neck before fleeing the scene of the domestic dispute. Officer Richard Butera(…)

Civil Rights Coalition Ready to Launch Education Campaign Following Failed Anti-Transgender Ballot Push

A coalition of California civil rights and LGBT organizations said today that supporters of a proposed anti-transgender ballot initiative announced that they have failed to submit the signatures necessary to qualify it for the November, 2016 ballot.“Privacy for All”, the group behind the failed measure, needed to submit 365,880 valid signatures to the California Secretary of(…)

Celebrated Openly Gay Air Force Officer Among 6 Killed In Afghanistan

An openly gay Air Force officer who grew up in the Bay Area was one of six American troops killed in a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. Facebook postings on Tuesday by friends and family of Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen mourned her death on Monday and sent condolences to her wife Heather(…)