UPDATE! Pride Weekend actions! Add your voice!

In case you missed the handout at Ventura’s own Pride Festival – you can catch up here!

UPDATE! STATE ACTION #1: THIS PASSED! Tell your assemblymembers to pass SB-107 – Gender-Affirming Health Care to provide refuge for trans kids & their families from states that are criminalizing them & threatening to remove transgender children from their homes.

Minimal script to your assemblymember: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to[Assemblymember [___] to support and pass SB-107 – Gender-Affirming Health Care.

MORE INFORMATION!: This bill is heading to the Assembly floor! Amongst its provisions:

  • It prohibits the enforcement of a law of another state that authorizes a state agency to remove a child from their parent or guardian based on the parent or guardian allowing their child to receive gender-affirming health care. The bill would prevent California’s law enforcement from cooperating with any individual or out-of-state agency regarding the provision of lawful gender-affirming health care performed in this state. As a result, families will be able to come to California to avoid having their trans children taken away from them.
  • It bars compliance in California with any out-of-state subpoena seeking health or other related information about people who come to California to receive gender-affirming care, if the subpoena relates to efforts to criminalize individuals or remove children from their homes for having received gender-affirming care. Some states are considering legislation that would extend their criminal prohibitions even to residents who travel out of state to receive gender-affirming health care.
  • It prohibits the arrest or recognition of any demand for extradition of an individual that criminalizes allowing a person to receive or provide gender-affirming health care where that conduct would not be unlawful under California’s law. It will declare that it is California’s public policy that any out-of-state criminal arrest warrant for someone based on violating another state’s law against receiving gender-affirming care is the lowest priority for law enforcement in California.

Contact:

  • State Assemblymember Steve Bennett: (CA-37): email, SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
  • State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin: (CA-44): email, SAC (916) 319-2044, CAM (805) 482-1904, OX (805) 483-4488
  • Not your people? Which assemblymember/state senator is mine?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

STATE ACTION #2: Thank Governor Newsom for his advocacy and make an ask!:

On June 23, 2022, Governor Newsom announced that he has signed these bills:

  • AB 1741: designates November 20 as “Transgender Day of Remembrance” 
  •   to honor those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. 
  • AB 421 which makes technical changes to the procedures for changing 
  •   gender and sex identifiers on official documents, such as a marriage certificate.
  • AB 493 develops program for educators to better support LGBTQ youth; 
  • SB 932, comprehensive data collection to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the LGBTQ community; 
  •  AB 2218 establishes the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to provide 
  •   grants for programs focused on trans-inclusive health care; 
  • AB 1094 to collect data on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender 
  •   identify in cases of violent death to help inform prevention efforts; and 
  • SB 1255 to end the practice of insurance companies discriminating 
  •   against individuals because of their HIV status.

Minimal script to Gov. Newsom: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Gov. Newsom for all the bills he’s recently signed in support of CA’s LGBTQIA+ community and that I hope he will also sign SB-107 – Gender-Affirming health care in support of those who are counting on us to be a safe harbor for themselves and their children.

Governor Gavin Newsom:  (916) 445-2841, govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

FEDERAL ACTION :  Call your senators and make sure your friends and family call theirs to pass the Equality Act!

 75% of Americans say ‘Yes” to H.R.5/ S.393 – The Equality Act.

The Equality Act would amend existing federal civil rights laws – including the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 – to extend protections for LGBTQ Americans, extending protections on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also protect those with special needs. 

H.R.5 – The House version of this bill has already passed!

48 out of 50 Democratic senators, including Sens. Feinstein and Padilla, are already on board. Thank them!

For those with friends and family in RED states, you need to get your friends and family on the phone, every day, giving a piece of their mind to their GOP senators. Every day! They want to be re-elected. Make them aware of the cost of discriminating against their constituents friends and relatives.

Minimal script to your senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to [thank Sen. [___] for supporting][ask Sen. [___] to supportS.393 – the Equality Act. It’s past time to recognize the essential humanity of all our citizens and remove this last bar to equal treatment of our LGBTQIA+ community..

Contact:

  • Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
  • and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

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