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California companies fare well in HRC equality index

A record 366 businesses across the U.S., including 53 in California, collected perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index.

Known as the CEI, the annual report assesses LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 93 in California.

Body found in bay believed to be that of missing gay man

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The body found Tuesday in the San Francisco Bay was that of missing San Francisco tech worker Dan Ha, who vanished on Halloween, his family said Wednesday.

Ha's body was identified by his clothing and identification found with him, the family said at a press conference. They do not believe he committed suicide, but they have no other theories on how he ended up in the water.

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GLSEN: School remain unsafe for LGBT students

GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) today released state-level data from its biennial National School Climate Survey report that show that schools remain unsafe for the majority of LGBT students.

The latest edition of GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, which first began in 1999 and remains one of the few studies to examine the middle and high school experiences of LGBT youth nationally, includes four major findings:

1. Schools nationwide are hostile environments for a distressing number of LGBT students;

Californians will soon have more time to turn in vote by mail ballots

SACRAMENTO, California -- Late voters will have more opportunity to mail in their ballots, thanks to a new law that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The law stipulates that vote-by-mail ballots will need to be postmarked by Election Day and received up to three days later, rather than the current requirement that ballots must actually be in the hands of election officials by Election Day.

California cities soar in HRC's equality index

San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Long Beach, Los Angeles and West Hollywood scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Municipal Equality Index.

Thirty-eight cities earned perfect 100-point scores, up from 25 in 2013 and 11 in 2012, the first year of the MEI. These cities help to set a standard of LGBT inclusiveness with exemplary policies ranging from non-discrimination laws and equal employee benefits, to cutting edge city services.

A total of 55 California cities were ranked among the 353 surveyed nationally.

Abbe Land won't seek another term on WeHo council

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Abbe Land, West Hollywood’s second-longest serving City Council member, will not seek re-election in March. She has served for 18 years.

David Chiu wins Assembly seat as gay candidate concedes

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- David Chiu will be the next District 17 Assemblyman as David Campos has thrown in the towel. Campos conceded late Wednesday night, and informed his supporters via the following note:

A few moments ago I called David Chiu to congratulate him on his win in the Assembly race.

California remains blue despite red tide on Election Day

SACRAMENTO, California – On Election Day in which Republicans romped to victory on a national level, Californians bucked the trend and re-elected Democrats to all the major state offices.

Gov. Jerry Brown was declared the winner the moment the polls closed on Tuesday night, crushing Republican Neel Kashkari 58.7% to 41.3%. It’s his fourth term as governor.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom also cruised to victory over San Diego Republican Ron Nehring, 55.9% to 44.1%.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla defeated Republican Pete Peterson, 52.5% to 47.5%.

Transgender Awareness Month kicks off in West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- West Hollywood kicked off Transgender Awareness Month on Monday to encourage acceptance of the transgender community and memorialize those that have died in hate-crimes.

The City Council created the first transgender advisory board for the city four years ago.

“Everyday in a sense is a transgender day here in the City of West Hollywood,” said the West Hollywood councilman John Duran, “but this month especially, we’d like to draw the public’s awareness of the continuous struggle of the transgender community, such as transphobia and hate crimes.”

San Bernardino County sued over discriminatory treatment of gay, bisexual and transgender inmates

SAN BERNARDINO, California - Fifteen individuals today filed a federal class action lawsuit against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and the County over discriminatory policies at the West Valley Detention Center that deny gay, bisexual and transgender inmates equal access to work, recreation and rehabilitative programs solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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