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Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Herman Rowland Sr.

Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
LGBT students rights

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

Friday, September 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
John O'Connor

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
John O'Connor

Equality California announces new director

Friday, October 26, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

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

Friday, September 28, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

California Senate committee advances bill to limit reparative therapy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

BofA reimburses ‘gay tax,’ phony survey backfires, all hands on deck in Maryland

Monday, October 17, 2011
Say what you will about Bank of America, but they gave their LGBT employees a pretty remarkable gift this week. A phony anti-gay survey backfires in Washington when voters refuse to fall for discriminatory talking points. Turmoil at Equality California with a surprise resignation, and it's all hands on deck right now in Maryland. [ Read more → ]

Opponents of California’s LGBT- inclusive education law concede defeat

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The opponents of California's Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act — also known as SB48 — on Wednesday conceded that they had failed to gather the signatures required to overturn the landmark bill that requires the historical contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks. [ Read more → ]

California’s anti-gay ‘Stop SB 48’ group’s referendum effort fails

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Equality California on Tuesday, announced that opponents of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act -- also known as SB48 -- have failed to collect the required number of signatures to place a referendum on the November 2012 ballot to overturn the law. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group will not lead ballot effort to overturn Proposition 8

Thursday, October 6, 2011
California’s largest gay rights advocacy group on Wednesday announced it would not lead a ballot campaign to undo Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Equality California leads broad coalition of advocates to protect LGBT history law

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A broad coalition of advocacy groups have launched a coordinated effort to protect and educate the public on California’s Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, the landmark legislation that requires that the historical contributions of LGBT Americans to be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks. [ Read more → ]
Jerry Brown

California governor signs landmark bill that would require teaching of LGBT history

Thursday, July 14, 2011
California's Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation that would require the historical contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans to be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks. [ Read more → ]
Marten Brandel

Police arrest transient for hanging noose on door to Equality California offices

Monday, June 20, 2011
Police have arrested a local transient on suspicion of a hate crime for hanging a noose in the doorway of the offices of LGBT advocacy group Equality California last year. [ Read more → ]

Equality California testing public opinion on 2012 ballot effort to repeal Prop 8

Monday, April 4, 2011
Equality California is launching a community engagement initiative to start a discussion on whether to return to the ballot in 2012 to repeal the marriage ban or whether to wait for a final decision by the courts. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage advocates to appeal judge’s order to release campaign documents

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Gay marriage advocates plan to file an emergency appeal of a federal judge's order requiring them to release documents from the political campaign against Proposition 8 as part of the ongoing legal challenge to California's ban on gay unions. From the Mercury-News: In court papers... [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 opponents must release campaign materials, judge rules

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A federal judge on Monday ordered same-sex marriage advocacy groups to turn over campaign materials from the election fight over Proposition 8, a move that could prolong the legal challenge to California’s ban on gay unions [...] [ Read more → ]

California volunteers helping Maine affirm gay marriage law

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
SFGate.com: Californians, in particular, are watching Maine's same sex marriage vote closely. And some, like Demi Espinoza, Daniel Shad and Gabe Gonzalez, care so passionately about the issue that they're giving up their vacation time to volunteer in Maine to preserve gay marriage there. Each... [ Read more → ]
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