Posts Tagged ‘ab 1856’

Equality Roundup: Breaking Barriers to Family Building

July 16, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

hasencamp Laurie Hasencamp with API Equality – LA Executive Director Eileen Ma with the Queer Contingent at this year’s Mayday Downtown March

Congrats to Laurie Hasencamp on her award from the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association — she’s the 2012 Ally for Justice!

It’s understandable that the barriers to family building for lesbian couples don’t get much coverage — it’s an intimate piece of life for many couples, and the details aren’t usually included in baby shower announcements. But a Jane Doe lawsuit over FDA regulations is helping change that. Basically, the problem is that potential donors only have to be tested once if they’re hetero-married, but have to be tested each time if they’re helping out another couple. So Jane Doe has sued the FDA to remedy that discrimination nationwide.

Here in California, we’ve sponsored AB 2356 along with the National Center For Lesbian Rights, legislation to address this issue and ensure that lesbian women can access fertility services on the same terms as other women rather than being limited to only the least effective and most expensive of fertility services.  Read the rest of this entry »

AB 1856 Infographic

July 4, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

ab 1856After reading yesterday’s fantastically data heavy AB 1856 post by Josh, I was inspired to create this infographic visualizing the realities faced by so many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth in Foster Care.

Please take a moment to share this with folks on Facebook or Twitter using the links above and learn more about AB 1856 here.

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AB 1856 Passes the California Senate Human Services Committee

July 3, 2012 By Josh Steichmann


Out-of-home youth, the term of art for those youth housed through social services, are already a vulnerable population. Multiplying that vulnerability for many is the pernicious problem of ignorance and inattentiveness to issues around sexual orientation and gender expression. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth comprise 20 to 40 percent of the homeless youth population according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (data on total homeless population are notoriously hard to collect), the Open Doors Project reports that 30 percent of LGBT youth experienced violence from their families after coming out, and (again from the NGLTF) 26 percent of LGBT youth are thrown out of their homes after coming out. Of the approximately 42,500 youth in the California foster care system, between 5 and 10 percent identify as LGBT.

In a study of New York’s foster care system: 100 percent of LGBT youth reported verbal harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity; 70 percent reported physical violence due to their orientation or identity; 78 percent were removed at least once from foster placements due to hostility toward their gender identity or sexual orientation; 56 percent of them spent time living on the streets because they felt “safer” than in their group or foster home.

In a national study of social work students, educators and practitioners, while 79 percent reported sexual orientation non-discrimination policies, only 39 percent had similar policies for gender expression.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Equality Roundup: A Big Week For Ammiano, Anchors & Athletes and Married Couples on Facebook

July 2, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

tom ammiano anderson cooper chris hughesWhile most students are shorts-deep into summer, when they get back to school they’ll be safer: Seth’s Law took effect July 1. The law, from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), was one of Equality California’s successes from 2011.

This year, Ammiano introduced AB 1856, which would require cultural competency on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Yesterday, AB 1856 made it through the California Senate Human Services committee by a vote of 4 to 2, meaning the next step is the state senate floor.

Coming from the senate, Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that recognizes the equal validity of our sometimes complicated 21st century families by removing the limit of only two legal parents. This allows all blends of families to have full access to legal protections; the law doesn’t change who can qualify as a parent, just eliminates the limit of two.  Read the rest of this entry »