Equality California (EQCA)

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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, October 12, 2015
Protections for Transgender Foster Youth Signed into Law
Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California that provides new protections for transgender foster youth. Senate Bill 731 ensures that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes...
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Equality California Applauds Legislation That Increases Ballot Initiative Filing Fee
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymembers Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to increase the fee required to submit a ballot initiative from $200 to $2,000. Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement in...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Coalition Prepared to Fight Ballot Initiative Targeting Transgender Californians
A coalition of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations has formed to battle a proposed ballot initiative targeting California’s transgender community. The coalition consists of the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Equality California, the Human...
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Equality California Statement on Boy Scouts President’s Call to End Ban on Gay Leaders
oday, in response to a call by Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates for the organization to end its ban on gay adult scout leaders, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "It’s better to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era than...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Assemblymembers Bloom, Garcia and Low Join EQCA In Urging the FDA to Develop Blood Donation Policies Based on Risk Assessment
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...
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Bill that Supports LGBT Students Moves Through Committee
This morning, AB 827, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and sponsored by Equality California, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with a 6 to 1 vote. The bill would provide more support and a safer learning environment for LGBT students by requiring that schools...
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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Equality California Commends President Obama's Statement Calling for an end to Conversion Therapy
Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released the following statement from Rick Zbur, executive director for Equality California, on President Obama’s call for an end to conversion therapy. “Equality California...
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Thursday, March 05, 2015
NCLR, EQCA, and TLC Sponsor California Equal Benefits Bill
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Equality California (EQCA), and Transgender Law Center (TLC) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by...
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Equality California Condemns Ballot Initiative Seeking to 'Execute All Gays'
Equality California released the following statement regarding the proposed ballot initiative that would ask voters to criminalize LGBT people and impose a death penalty sentence. “This proposed ballot initiative is outrageous and offensive, and it's grossly out of step with the attitudes and...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Equality California Disappointed with Lack of Real Reform in FDA's Proposed Change to Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Men Who Have Sex with Men
Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on the agency's intention to reduce the...
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