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LGBT group honors Calif. governor for lifetime efforts to advance equality

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown praised gay rights advocates Monday night for being on "the cutting edge" in pushing for equality over the last several decades, as he was honored with an award for what supporters said was his lifelong push to advance equal rights.

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Opponents of Calif. transgender law say they will qualify for ballot initiative

| Sunday, November 10, 2013
Karen England, executive director of the California Resource Institute, left, and volunteers Grace LeFever, center, and Christina Hill, sort through stacks of mail with petitions for a referendum to overturn a new California law that allows transgender students to chose which public school restrooms they use.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.

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Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Herman Rowland Sr.
Transgender rights advocates are taking aim at the Chairman of the Jelly Belly company after learning that he donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to repeal California's landmark transgender student rights law.

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NOM, Prop. 8 players join bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights law

| Friday, September 20, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign.

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Reports of the death of Equality California ‘are greatly exaggerated’

| Wednesday, January 23, 2013
John O'Connor
The reports of the death of Equality California (EQCA) are greatly exaggerated, the nonprofit’s new boss tells San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Like Mark Twain once did, John O’Connor, who became EQCA’s executive director about six weeks ago, is dispelling rumors about the health of the organization.

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Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

| Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of California’s new law banning controversial gay-to-straight conversion, or "reparative" therapy, for LGBT youth.

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Equality California announces new director

By Seth Hemmelgarn| The Bay Area Reporter | Friday, October 26, 2012
John O'Connor
After a year without a permanent executive director, the statewide LGBT lobbying group Equality California announced Wednesday that the board of directors has selected John O'Connor, who currently serves as the executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, to fill the position.

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Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

| Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy.

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Brown signs bill ensuring equal access to fertility services for same-sex couples

| Friday, September 28, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed a bill to ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in opposite-sex relationships.

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California Senate committee advances bill to limit reparative therapy

| Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Legislation designed protect LGBT minors from what critics charge is harmful and ineffective ex-gay therapy, advanced through a California state Senate Committee on Monday.

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