New LGBT equality laws go into effect in Calif.?

Three new laws broadening protections for California’s LGBT community have gone into effect. The laws protect seniors in assisted living and young people in schools and foster care.

The Foster Youth School Safety Education Act helps protect foster youth against harassment and discrimination at school. The new law educates foster care youth and their caregivers about existing California laws that protect students against bias. It was authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D) and supported by the National Association of Social Workers and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.

The second new law will help prevent bias in senior care facilities and nursing homes. Authored by former Sen. Carole Migden (D) it requires licensed healthcare professionals who have constant interaction with seniors to participate in a training program that focuses on preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Many health professionals already receive cultural diversity training, but it does not include information and education about LGBT issues.

Basic rights, such as the choice to live in the same nursing home with a partner and the right to hospital visitation are routinely denied to same-gender couples in older age, according to a 2000 study from the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

The study also found that same-gender partners lack essential protections, including Medicaid benefits and access to pensions, which typically protect the homes and retirement funds of surviving spouses who are married.

The third law is the Civil Rights Act of 2008. It strengthens existing law to ensure protections based on gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status and sexual orientation.

The law clarifies sections of law that prohibit discrimination in insurance and government services and activities. In addition to support from EQCA, it was endorsed by the California State Conference of the NAACP.

Looks like a reason for optimism in CA? Maybe prop. 8 will be overturned, no?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Probably means it will be. I hope that we just get it into our national constitution sooner than later, in a pro-gay way allowing gays to get married. I wounder if Obama is actually going to follow through on the pro-gay thing even though he was at a very anti-gay church right before he ran for President. :-/ Oh well, best not to dwell on the future. Happy New Year everyone.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The prop 8 supreme court hearing is in March and you can expect a ruling as early as June.

    The fact that we got Attorney General Jerry Brown originally promising to "uphold the will of the voters" and then changing his mind, filing an argument to invalidate prop 8, is a very good sign.

    Should we not prevail in court in June 2009, then we look ahead to June 8, 2010. You can bet to see a repeal on the ballot to invalidate prop 8. but let's not get ahead of ourselves, we're still in the court battle and we might win in June 2009.

  • Selene
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I hope so. The Supreme Court of Cali has agreed to hear appeals.

    Now we just need the same to happen in Florida over Amendment 2.

    We're working on it

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