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Equality California and Transgender Law Center Commend California Democratic Party for Updating State Platform to Support Transgender People

Equality California (EQCA) and the Transgender Law Center (TLC) applaud the California Democratic Party for its vote to incorporate a plank in the party platform affirming the rights and dignity of transgender people.The addition to the party’s platform, which was officially adopted at this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention, is designed to “Protect the right(…)

California Safety Board Rejects Condom Requirement for Porn Films

  California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Standards Board voted the measure(…)

EQCA Sponsors Two Bills Combating Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Equality California (EQCA) is sponsoring two bills authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) that would prohibit the use of state funds to support entities that allow discrimination by creating exemptions based on religious beliefs. “I’m proud to be a voice for the LGBT community throughout the state and across the country,” Low said. “The(…)

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(…)