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LGBT Data Collection Bill Passes Legislature

 Assembly Bill 677 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which would help ensure California public policy meets the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities, Monday passed the Assembly on concurrence and now heads to the Governor’s desk. “I want to thank all of my colleagues in the Legislature for understanding the(…)

State Senate approves Gender Pay Equity Bill

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) Thursday won state Senate approval of her legislation to combat the reality that women earn less than men for the exact same work. Studies have proven beyond dispute that women in the U.S. are paid, on average, less than men for doing the same jobs. AB 1209,(…)

California Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Servicemembers

The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Joint Resolution 22 Thursday condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members, and urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to allow trans service members to serve their country. The resolution is co-authored(…)

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Comprehensive Review of Law Enforcement Efforts on Hate Crimes

Citing escalating hate crimes by both organized hate groups and individuals, Equality California joined eight other major civil rights organizations to call on the California Legislature to order a comprehensive evaluation of law enforcement agencies’ efforts to protect Californians from hate crimes. The civil rights groups support a request by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San José),(…)

Bill to Track Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee Friday passed a bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley that would help reduce the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout California. AB 41 will for first time require law enforcement agencies to report to the California Department of Justice(…)

EQCA Applauds Rocklin School for Supporting Transgender Student

Equality California has sent a letter to Rocklin Academy officials applauding the school for its support of a transgender kindergarten student following the reading of a book geared toward that age group by transgender teen and reality TV star Jazz Jennings. As a result of activities by right-wing advocacy groups, a number of parents complained(…)

San Diego AIDS Memorial to be Built in Olive Street Park

After 30 years of discussions, proposals and two AIDS Memorial Task Forces, San Diego will join other cities across the country and all over the world and finally have an AIDS Memorial to remember the over 8,000 men, women and children who have died of AIDS in San Diego County. A public meeting was held(…)

Piedmont Mayor Resigns Over ‘Inflammatory’ Facebook Posts

 The mayor of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area has resigned after causing an uproar with what he calls “inflammatory or insulting” postings on Facebook.Jeff Wieler stepped down as mayor of the tiny city on Sunday, although he’ll remain on the City Council member. Wieler apologized in a letter to fellow council members. At(…)

LGBT Rights Groups Urge Democratic Party Leader to Focus on LGBT Issues

California’s leading LGBTQ rights organizations and community leaders sent a unified message to former California Democratic Party (CDP) chair candidate Kimberly Ellis, urging her to put the fight for civil rights ahead of her personal agenda. Equality California, the Stonewall Democratic Club, and the chair of the CDP’s LGBT caucus were among the organizations and(…)