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LGBT Students Take the Fight to Sacramento

The promise of “opportunity” is embedded in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  But the opportunity to enjoy life freely, to pursue happiness, to better one’s self and one’s circumstances is not self-evident to people for whom certain forms of discrimination are an unassailable tradition.

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Frontiers LA

LGBTQ Youth Meet Legislators, Rally to Demand Opportunity to Succeed in School

April 29, 2013, Sacramento – Dozens of high school students are in the state capitol today advocating for two bills to help ensure all youth—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth—have the opportunity to stay in school and succeed. The youth are gathered for the 8th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day, which unites LGBT and straight ally youth activists from Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs across state.

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Gay High School Swim Captain Makes A Splash Standing Up For Rights

It has been one year since I raised my hand in a U.S. history class during a lecture on gay rights, and came out as gay to 40 of my peers and my favorite teacher.

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OutSports

School Success and Opportunity Act Passes Assembly Education Committee

The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. 

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center, GSA Network, Gender Spectrum, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes and activities, and clarifies existing anti-discrimination law to provide clear protections to transgender students. 

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National Youth Council Statement on #Ferguson

Two weeks ago today, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

People and organizations have responded with shock, outrage, and solidarity, especially as the police have met the community’s nightly protests with rubber bullets, tear gas, and assault rifles.

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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2014
 
CONTACT: Jesse Melgar, Equality California
PHONE: 323.848.9801 ext. 207 EMAIL: jesse@eqca.org
 
 
CONTACT: Cameron Valderrama, Senator Lara's Office
PHONE: 916.651.4033 EMAIL Cameron.Valderrama@sen.ca.gov
 
Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools
 
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New state bill on transgender students

California public schools would be required to allow transgender students to use school facilities and participate in activities and on sports teams that match their gender identity under a bill introduced at the Capitol.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Gay-Straight Alliance allowed to gather at Chamberburg school until next week's board vote

The Chambersburg Area School District board has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to reverse its denial of a Gay-Straight Alliance student club or go to court with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, said three previous cases in Pennsylvania -- in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and Hermitage, Mercer County in 2009, and a third in Brownsville, Fayette County in 2012 -- stand as examples of what the school board should do.

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York Daily Record

Bill Will Ensure the Success and Well-being of Transgender Students

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266, co-authored by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities.  

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Calif. lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

The bill reflects the accommodations that a number of U.S. schools are being asked to make as Americans start identifying as transgender at younger ages.

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