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Downey schools settle transgender lawsuit

DOWNEY, California -- The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said today that it has entered into an agreement with California’s Downey Unified School District to resolve a complaint about the harassment and discriminatory treatment of a transgender student.

Anaheim man, 38, arrested in murder of transgender woman

ANAHEIM, California -- A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a transgender woman in a case police are not investigating as a hate crime, police said.

Randy Lee Parkerson was arrested Tuesday in his vehicle in the 200 block of East Katella Avenue, said Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn, in a press release.

He was being held in connection with the June 12 slaying of Zoraida Reyes, 29, of Santa Ana, whose body was found in a Dairy Queen parking lot in the 200 block of North State College Boulevard.

Transgender murder victim identified as video of killing emerges

LOS ANGELES, California -- Relatives have identified the body of the transgender woman who was murdered last week in the city's East Hollywood neighborhood.

Her name was Aniya "Ray" Parker, her sister told L.A. Weekly, which said the LAPD confirmed that information.

Gay gun activists shoot for Second Amendment support

LOS ANGELES – Two years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.”

Transgender woman shot and killed in East Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, California -- A transgender woman was shot and killed early Thursday morning in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred at around 2:30 am in the 600 block of North Kenmore Avenue. The victim was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. Officials confirmed her death at approximately 5:30 am.

Los Angeles police say the incident appeared to be a botched robbery attempt, and the victim was likely not targeted due to her transgender status.

Fred Karger files complaint against NOM for violating California law

(Editor's note: This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. See the bottom of the page for the update.)

SACRAMENTO, California -- The anti-gay hate group, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has run afoul of election laws from Hawaii to Maine, and is now being accused of breaking state law this year in California.

Equality California expands mission beyond the Golden State

LOS ANGELES, California -- Equality California officials said today that the LGBT civil rights organization has updated its mission statement to more fully reflect the organization’s current and future focus.

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, California -- The Golden State continued its reputation as a trend-setting state when Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans single-use plastic bags.

California is the first state to take action to prevent the litter of plastic bags on our land and in our oceans. At least three other states -- Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island -- are considering similar bans on plastic bags.

Lesbian couple attacked while riding bicycles in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, California -- Long Beach couple Jamie Jarvis and Meg Taylor were attacked Saturday evening near Broadway and Esperanza Ave. while riding their bicycles.

According to Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department, officers determined the altercation occurred following the suspect honking at the victims and then one of the victims giving the suspect a “hand gesture” in response.

California Governor signs first bill in U.S. to expand supply chain for LGBT business owners

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a historic bill that will result in new opportunities for certified businesses owned by those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender — a law that came about through testimony and advocacy by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Brown’s action means public utilities in the state will be required, starting in 2015, to extend existing provisions granted to ethnic minority-, women- and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises to LGBT certified business owners.

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