Equality California backs 5 bills on health care, transgender equality and non-discrimination

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Equality California announced today its sponsorship of five bills in the 2013-14 legislative session focused on reducing discrimination and improving the health and equality of LGBT Californians.

“This legislative package is broad and fundamental,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director. “With these bills, we will end an unfair tax that singles out LGBT families, improve access to health care for our community and ensure that California taxpayers are not underwriting discrimination by youth-based organizations.”

Small businesses don't mind costs of committing to LGBT equality

According to the Center for American Progress (CAP) this week, the majority of small business owners support full equality and offer whatever they can in equal benefits and programs to their LGBT employees.

The results of a nationwide poll show that most small business owners support the Employee Non-discrimination Act (ENDA), which outlaws employment discrimination against gay and transgender workers; most already prohibit discrimination on this basis, and respondents reported zero costs associated with their inclusive non-discrimination policies.

Rights and resources for LGBT seniors

LGBT seniors are entitled to equal treatment, access to services, and basic legal protections under state and federal law.

The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, enacted in 1987, requires nursing facilities to protect the rights of each resident. Nursing homes must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

Although there is no federal law that explicitly prohibits discrimination against LGBT elders in retirement and care facilities, more than twenty states have adopted their own non-discrimination policies.

Nevada legislature passes bills protecting transgender rights

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today lauds the Nevada legislature for passing two vital pieces of legislation, SB 331 and SB 368, protecting transgender rights.

Both bills incorporate gender identity and expression into the state's non-discrimination law, one specific to housing and the other to public accommodations. Earlier this month, the Nevada legislature added gender identity and expression to the employment non-discrimination law. The bills now move to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk for his consideration.