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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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Historic Bills Expanding LGBT Rights and Resources Become Law
On January 1, three new pieces of legislation expanding rights and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will go into effect in California.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Equality California to Air Ad Featuring Same-Sex Couple During MISS CALIFORNIA USA Pageant
Equality California (EQCA) will air an ad about the freedom to marry, featuring Pasadena couple Frances and Cynthia with their daughter Mary Kate during the broadcast of the MISS CALIFORNIA USA pageant on November 22.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Equality California Hails Signing of Federal Hate Crimes Law
Equality California hailed the signing today of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law combating hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Diverse Coalition Re-Launches Multi-Million Dollar Education Campaign for the Freedom to Marry
Today a broad-based coalition re-launched Let California Ring, a comprehensive campaign to build support for marriage for California's same-sex couples with a focus on work in communities of color. A joint effort of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, funders, and allied partners and hosted by the Equality California Institute, Let California Ring will invest more than $15 million over the next three years to fund the campaign, which will:
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Governor Signs Bill Expanding Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survivors of Domestic Violence
Yesterday Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will increase and expand services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic violence. Authored by Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), the LGBT Domestic Violence Programs Expansion bill will go into effect on January 1, 2010.
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Governor Signs Harvey Milk Day and Marriage Recognition Bills
Today Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law two historic LGBT rights bills - recognizing the contributions of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk and a bill that underscores that same-sex couples married before the passage of Proposition 8 are entitled to full recognition as married spouses in California, regardless of whether they married in California or out of state. Both bills were sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and were introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Courage Campaign and EQCA join forces to support Manchester Hotels Boycott
The Courage Campaign and Equality California today launched a new web site and email campaign to ask their members and supporters across the state to join the boycott against San Diego hotel magnate Doug Manchester, a major Prop. 8 donor who has struck back to undermine a successful boycott against his properties. The web site is SayNoToManchester.org , where supporters can join the boycott by signing a pledge not to patronize Doug Manchester's hotels.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Equality California Delivers Close to 40K Petitions Urging Governor to Sign Harvey Milk Day Bill into Law
Today Equality California (EQCA) and Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) delivered close to 40,000 petitions with names of Californians from every part of the state, urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign into law the Harvey Milk Day Bill ( Photos ). The bill calls for a "day of special significance" in honor of the slain civil rights leader and seeks to educate Californians about the former San Francisco City Supervisor, who became the nation's first open
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
Prisoner Safety Act Passes California Senate
The state Senate today passed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoner Safety Act, AB 382, with bipartisan support in a 23 to 14 vote. Sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill is designed to prevent violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the state prison system.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Governor Schwarzenegger, First Lady Maria Shriver Will Induct Harvey Milk into California Hall of Fame
Today, Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced that Harvey Milk will be inducted into the California Museum's California Hall of Fame in honor of his work to advance civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
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