California

California is the 31st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850. It is the most populous U.S. state, and its largest city is Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the U.S. Its capital city is Sacramento.

LGBT Rights in California: Same-sex marriage was legal in California for a five-month period in 2008 until voters approved Proposition 8 in November of the same year, banning marriage between gay couples. The ban was struck down in 2013, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to recognize the legal standing of the opponents of same-sex marriage, and same-sex marriages recommenced on June 28, 2013.

California grants extensive protections for LGBT people under state law, particularly for housing, credit, labor and/or employment, and joint adoption by same-sex couples. Hate crimes laws include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

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California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

California Supreme Court to decide soon whether to enter Prop 8 dispute

Thursday, February 3, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court has signaled that it will decide soon on whether to enter the Proposition 8 gay marriage dispute currently on appeal in a federal appellate court. [ Read more → ]
doma-2class

Federal judge rules against ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ over health care benefits

Thursday, January 20, 2011
More and more challenges to the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) have been hitting the courts and getting shafted by federal judges: U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland ruled Wednesday that state employees can sue the federal government over their same-sex partners’ exclusion from long-term health care benefits. [ Read more → ]
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HRC to share Harvey Milk’s Castro storefront with The Trevor Project

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Following a national outcry over the HRC’s announcement that they were turning the space that once housed the camera store owned by Harvey Milk into a gift store, the Human Rights Campaign announced they are donating part of the space to the Trevor Project. [ Read more → ]
gay-marriage

The state of Marriage Equality in 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011
2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country. Three states plus the District of Columbia are facing the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, five could gain marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
glbt-museum

San Francisco’s Castro district home to nation’s first LGBT history museum

Thursday, January 13, 2011
The nation's first ever museum devoted to LGBT history, opened in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood today, showcasing archives that reflect nearly a century of gay culture and LGBT life. [ Read more → ]
Dominguez

Palm Springs police chief resigns over expletive, sting operation targeting gay men

Monday, January 10, 2011
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Police Chief David Dominguez resigned last week amid an ongoing scandal involving a 2009 sex sting operation that targeted gay men. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court looks to California Supreme Court for guidance in Prop 8 case

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel surprised many Proposition 8 observers Tuesday when it suddenly issued five documents relating to the case. But there was no decision Tuesday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case challenging California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
David Dominguez

Palm Springs police chief apologizes for calling gays ‘filthy mother f——-’

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez has issued an apology for remarks he made during 2009 a sex sting in the Warm Sands neighborhood that targeted gay men. [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

Feds probe school’s response to bullying complaints that led to gay teen’s suicide

Thursday, December 23, 2010
The U. S. Department of Education has launched a probe into a California school district's handling of complaints by the mother of Seth Walsh, a 13-year old gay teen who committed suicide after enduring years of relentless bullying. [ Read more → ]
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Neighborhood association, gay community square off over rainbow flags in Castro district

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Community activists in San Francisco's predominantly gay Castro neighborhood are outraged by a recent statement by the Mission Delores Neighborhood Association calling for removal of the Rainbow flags that are hung from the light posts in the Castro. [ Read more → ]
Amber Yust

DMV clerk who called transgender woman an ‘abomination’ resigns

Friday, December 17, 2010
The DMV clerk who sent a transgender woman in San Francisco a hate-filled letter telling her that she was an "abomination" and that “all gay people should be put to death,” has resigned as the department nears conclusion of its internal investigation. [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

Mother of gay teen who committed suicide speaks out on anti-gay bullying

Friday, December 17, 2010
Seth Walsh, a California teen who spent 9 days on life support after attempting suicide over relentless bullying because he was gay, died Sept 28. Now, Seth's mother, Wendy Walsh, has teamed up with the ACLU to help make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth facing harassment. [ Read more → ]
Mark Leno

California lawmaker proposes LGBT-inclusive textbooks to combat bullying

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
California state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), introduced a bill Tuesday that would require public schools to include the historical contributions of LGBT people as a way to combat bullying. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson

Judges in 9th Circuit appeals court ask feisty questions in Proposition 8 hearing

Monday, December 6, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- Famed attorney Ted Olson told a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel Monday that the reason proponents of Proposition 8 have proffered to justify their ban on same-sex marriage is “nonsense.” [ Read more → ]
Prop 8 Plaintiffs (left to right) Jeffrey Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Kristen Perry and Sandy Stier.

Federal appeals court hears Prop 8 arguments — Replay here (Video)

Monday, December 6, 2010
A federal appeals panel in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco is set to hear oral arguments beginning at 10 a.m. PT today in the landmark challenge to Proposition 8 -– California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Live video at LGBTQ Nation. [ Read more → ]
Prop 8 Plaintiffs (left to right) Jeffrey Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Kristen Perry and Sandy Stier.

Appeals court to hear Prop 8 arguments Monday; Viewers guide to proceedings here

Sunday, December 5, 2010
A federal appeals panel in San Francisco will hear oral arguments Monday in the landmark challenge to Proposition 8 -– California’s voter-passed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Reinhardt

Judge rebuffs Prop 8 supporter’s call for recusal over wife’s affiliation with ACLU

Thursday, December 2, 2010
[caption id="attachment_14141" align="alignleft" width="212" caption="Reinhardt"][/caption] Supporters of Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, are calling for Judge Stephen Reinhardt to recuse himself from the appeals trial, set to get underway on Monday, because his wife heads the Southern California chapter of the American Civil... [ Read more → ]
Kamala Harris

LGBT advocates hail Kamala Harris’ victory as California Attorney General

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be California's next Attorney General, after her Republican opponent conceded on Wednesday -- a full three weeks after the Nov. 2 election. [ Read more → ]
vallejo

Parents fight school’s anti-bullying curriculum because it teaches LGBT tolerance

Sunday, November 21, 2010
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Angry parents in the Vallejo Unified School District, located in San Francisco's East Bay, packed a school district board meeting last week to protest the district's proposed curriculum plan that includes lessons on gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Victoria Kolakowski

California’s Alameda County elects nation’s first transgender trial judge

Thursday, November 4, 2010
California's Alameda County has been elected its first transgender Superior Court Judge. Victoria Kolakowski, 49, defeated her opponent, Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, in a narrow win in what had been a hotly contested race. [ Read more → ]
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DMV clerk sends transgender woman letter calling her an ‘abomination’

Friday, October 29, 2010
A transgender woman in San Francisco has received a hate-filled from a Department of Motor Vehicles clerk telling her that she was an abomination and that “all gay people should be put to death.” [ Read more → ]
EQCA-Noose

Equality California finds a noose tied to their front door

Friday, October 29, 2010
When volunteers of Equality California arrived at their office Thursday evening, they found a noose tied to their front door. They immediately called the police, but instead of help, were told “sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.” WTF? [ Read more → ]
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Prop 8 trial roundup: briefs filed, court date set, analysis of upcoming hearing

Saturday, October 23, 2010
On Monday of this week, Prop 8 opponents Olson and Boies filed briefs with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. On Thursday, a Federal Appeals Court announced that oral arguments for the appeal will be heard Dec. 6. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court sides with firefighters over ‘sexual harassment’ at gay pride event

Sunday, October 17, 2010
Four San Diego firefighters who lodged a complaint against the city for being forced to participate in a gay pride parade in 2007, won a court victory this week when an appeals court upheld that their participation in the event subjected them to "sexual harassment." [ Read more → ]
Justin (Chloe) Lacey, left, and Aiyisha Hassan

Four more teen suicides reported, two from within LGBT community

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
More sad news to report today as word comes of four more teen suicides, at least two of them from within the LGBTQ teen community. Justin "Chloe" Lacey and Aiyisha Hassan, both 19, committed suicide in recent weeks. [ Read more → ]
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