Equality California Mourns Charleston Shooting Victims
LOS ANGELES —
In response to this
week’s horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Equality California
Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
“Today, as African
Americans across the country observe the 150th anniversary of the
end of slavery, we’re reminded how little we’ve progressed as a society...
Bills Addressing Sex Ed, Bullying, LGBT Healthcare,Foster Care Clear Houses of Origin
SACRAMENTO – Caregivers tasked with placing California foster youth in homes would be required to take a young person’s gender identity into consideration when making this critical decision, under new legislation passed by a key Senate committee. Senate Bill 731, authored by Senator Mark Leno, is designed to ensure that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. The bill passed the Senate Human Services Committee on Tuesday with a 3-0 vote.
Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute Launch Coalition to Educate Public on Transgender Issues
Los Angeles and Oakland - Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute are launching a coalition to implement a statewide public education campaign to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face.
Equality California Statement on Boy Scouts President’s Call to End Ban on LGBT Leaders
Los Angeles - Today, in response to a call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates for the organization to end its ban on LGBT adult scout leaders, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
California Assembly Passes Equal Protection for All Families Act with Unanimous Vote
Los Angeles - 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
Assemblymembers Bloom, Garcia, and Low Join EQCA in Urging the FDA to Develop Blood Donation Policies Based on Risk Assessment
Los Angeles - Yesterday, 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 to prohibit blood donation from all sexually active gay and bisexual men. Specifically, all men who have had sex with another man within the past 12 months would be prohibited from donating blood. The resolution calls on President Barack Obama to encourage the Secretary of Health and Human services to direct the FDA to develop science-based guidelines that focus on risk-assessment of individuals instead of the arcane and discriminatory standards that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men.
Asm. Chiu's Equal Protection for All Families Passes First Committee
Los Angeles —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 ensure that all families are equally protected by law.
LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Passes First Committee
Sacramento— The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee today 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.