Equality Federation congratulates Equality California as Governor Brown has signed seven of their sponsored bills that will ensure fairness and equality for LGBTQ Californians! The groundbreaking roster of legislation includes a bill that will allow for a nonbinary gender marker on state issued IDs, a bill of rights protecting LGBTQ seniors, and an update to the state’s HIV criminalization laws.
SB 179, the Gender Recognition Act, authored by Senators Toni Atkins and Scott Wiener, will create a nonbinary gender marker option for state issued IDs and streamline the currently burdensome process for transgender people to change their gender markers.
“I’ve never been more proud to live in California, and I can’t wait to update my driver’s license to reflect my nonbinary gender,” said Mark Snyder, Director of Communications. “Nonbinary and transgender people are your friends, family, and neighbors. We are part of the fabric of this state and nation. This commonsense law will eliminate unnecessary barriers for people like me, enabling us to live free from the discrimination we endure when our IDs don’t match our true selves.”
Equality Federation thanks the Governor for his steadfast allyship, and congratulates Equality California, Transgender Law Center, and all of the advocates and families who worked so hard for these victories.
|Sacramento— With his signature on Sunday (October 15) of Senate Bill (SB) 179, authored by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), and SB 310 (Atkins), California Governor Jerry Brown has signed seven Equality California-sponsored bills, ending the 2017 legislative session and bringing the total number of resolutions and bills successfully sponsored by Equality California over the organization’s history to 127. In addition, lawmakers this session approved two resolutions sponsored by Equality California.
“With these signatures, Jerry Brown has cemented his legacy as the most LGBTQ-friendly governor in California history,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Our bills this session protect vulnerable LGBTQ seniors, people living with HIV and AIDS, transgender and gender nonconforming Californians and aim to correct the wrongs associated with laws that criminalized same-sex behavior in the past. We’re grateful that Gov. Brown has once again proven himself to be a steadfast ally of our community with his support of these bills so vital to LGBTQ health and wellbeing.”
The Equality California-sponsored bills passed by the California Legislature this session are as follows:
SB 239: Modernizing Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws (Wiener and Gloria)
SB 179: Gender Recognition Act of 2017 (Atkins and Wiener)
SB 219: Seniors Long Term Care Bill of Rights (Wiener)
SB 384: Tiered System for California Sex Offender Registry (Wiener)
SB 310: Name and Dignity Act (Atkins)
AB 677: Reducing LGBT Disparities in Education and Employment (Chiu)
AB 1556: Fair Employment and Housing Act Clarification (Stone)
This law clarifies the Fair Employment and Housing Act, removing gendered terms such as “female,” “she,” and “her” from statutory provisions for pregnancy-related employment protections and replaces them with gender- neutral terms such as “person” or “employee.” These changes ensure that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people are reflected in these protections and know that they can rely on them to meet their health needs if they become pregnant or have related medical conditions during the course of their employment.
In addition to the bills signed by the Governor, the Legislature has passed two Equality California-sponsored resolutions:
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AJR 22: Transgender Service Members (Low)
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