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High School Student Files Complaint Against Fringe Anti-LGBT Group for Operating Illegally

(Manteca, CA) Manteca high school student Ashton Lee and his mother, Catherine Lee, filed a complaint this week with the California Attorney General’s Office asking for an investigation into an anti-LGBT group that has been operating illegally and claiming to be a tax-exempt organization to receive donations, when in fact its tax-exempt status was revoked by the Internal Revenue Service months ago.

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An Open Letter to School Districts to Address Transgender Student Rights

As the start of another school year approaches, feelings of excitement and possibility are in the air. Parents and families are packing their little ones’ backpacks and sending them off to their first days of school. Middle school and high school students are reuniting with old classmates. Teachers, administrators, and other school staff have eagerly prepared for a year of successful learning. What brings all these groups together, what makes a school community great is the common desire to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages high quality learning for students.

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Audit Reveals Breakdown in Schools’ Compliance With State Nondiscrimination Laws, Lack of Leadership From Department of Education

New audit of schools finds that while the majority of districts and schools have implemented some non-discrimination policies, a lack of leadership and evaluation hobbles enforcement, and California law not fully aligned with federal Department of Education nondiscrimination policy

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LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

An Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
 
Over the past year, our community has celebrated tremendous wins in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and justice.
 

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Governor Brown Signs Historic Transgender Students Bill into Law

SACRAMENTO—Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state. Assembly Bill 1266—which goes into effect on January 1, 2014—was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and passed the California State Senate and Assembly earlier this summer.

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LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

WASHINGTON, DC— A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter:
 
An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

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Senate Passes Bill Supporting Transgender Student Success

SACRAMENTO— Today, the California State Senate passed the School Success and Opportunity Act (Assembly Bill 1266), sending the bill that ensures transgender students have the opportunity to succeed in school to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. Authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the bill passed the Senate with a 21-9 vote (unofficial). The bill passed the California State Assembly in May with a 46-25 vote.

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Frameline sends LGBT films to CA schools

Audiences attending the annual San Francisco LGBT film festival often wonder if the films they are seeing will receive wider distribution.

The answer, at least for a few films shown at Frameline, is that they will be distributed for free to hundreds of schools throughout California for teachers and LGBT student groups to screen.

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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA and restores freedom to marry in California

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LGBT Advocacy Groups Stand With Civil Rights Counterparts in Disappointment at Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, June 25 — Today, the Supreme Court struck down a central part of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating crucial protections passed by Congress in 1965 and renewed four times in the decades since. The sharply divided decision will significantly reduce the federal government’s role in overseeing voting laws in areas with a history of discrimination against African-Americans.

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