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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(…)

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in(…)

EQCA: Anti-LGBTQ Statements by Fresno School Board President ‘Ill Informed’

Brooke Ashjian Equality California have responded to statements made last week by Fresno Unified School Board of Trustees President Brook Ashjian in which he suggested that a law requiring schools to include information about LGBTQ people in middle and high school health classes might “sway” students to become LGBTQ themselves. Aug. 4, the Fresno Bee(…)

Supervisor Sues Christian University Over Alleged Cover-up of Anti-gay Violence

Azusa Pacific University (“APU”), a Christian university in Southern California, is being sued by an employee who allegedly suffered severe and unlawful retaliation after complaining about anti-gay violence and harassment. Mahesh Pradhan, a chef and supervisor at APU, alleges that he was subjected to repeated physical violence and verbal abuse by other APU employees who(…)

San Diego Equal Pay Ordinance Approved Unanimously

An ordinance by San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) establishing Equal Pay standards for city contractors was approved Monday on a unanimous 9-0 vote. “For San Diego to fulfill its responsibility as a place where anyone has a fair chance to work hard and succeed, we have to use our legal and economic power(…)

Oakland Opens First LGBTQ Community Center

There are an estimated 27 LGBTQ community centers in the state of California and until just recently, Oakland was the only major city in the state without an LGBTQ community center. Founders Jeff Myers and Joe Hawkins sat in the future multi-purpose room of the new LGBTQ community center, a space they share with other(…)

Covered California Releases 2018 Rates

Covered California unveiled proposed rates for the 2018 individual market, announcing that all 11 of its participating health insurance companies will be returning for the upcoming year. Covered California continues to be a stable marketplace where consumers can find affordable coverage. “Covered California remains robust and strong, and we are pleased to welcome back all(…)

Judge Refuses to Reinstate Trump Sanctuary Cities Order

A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice had asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick to reverse his own injunction in April against Trump’s executive order. The injunction was(…)

Rep. Susan Davis Sued for Displaying Rainbow Flag Outside Her Office

A lawsuit has been filed against Rep. Susan Davis, (D-San Diego) and three of her colleagues for displaying rainbow flags outside of their offices. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by Chris Sevier, who describes himself as a lobbyist and Iraq War veteran reports the CW San Diego. The other defendants(…)