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For Immediate Release
Contact: Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director,PHONE: (916) 284-9187,EMAIL:,

Equality California Launches Statewide TV Ad Campaign on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Movement

Ad to inspire Californians as EQCA continues efforts to achieve full equality


California (EQCA) today launched a television ad campaign that will air
statewide on the history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender
(LGBT) movement. The ad educates Californians about the discrimination
faced by LGBT people throughout history to provide hope for the future.

ad shines a light on some of the many ugly chapters in history that
LGBT people have endured, to inspire people to remain committed and
unified as we change hearts and minds to achieve full equality," said
Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California. "This ad not
only serves as an educational tool but also helps generate and advance
conversations so that ultimately we foster an environment where
everyone is treated with dignity and respect."

week the California Supreme Court will hear the legal challenge against
Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which stripped same-sex couples of
the right to marry. The National Center for Lesbian Rights lead
counsel, with co-counsel Lambda Legal and the ACLU, filed this
challenge on November 5, representing Equality California, whose
members include many same-sex couples who married after the Court ruled
that the state can no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil
marriage on May 15, 2008. Hundreds of religious organizations, civil
rights groups, and labor unions, along with numerous California
municipal governments, bar associations, and leading legal scholars
collectively urged the California Supreme Court to strike down
Proposition 8.

To view the ad, please visit:, or contact Vaishalee Raja for a copy.

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.