PRIDE is an event for the community by the community. Please join us! March with our contingents in PRIDE parades, volunteer at our booths, be sure to visit us as part of your PRIDE celebration. Sign up now to get involved!
Join Equality California (EQCA) in supporting Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered veterans and support Assembly Joint Resolution 19. Assembly Joint Resolution 19 urges Congress and the President to reinstate benefits to veterans, including applicable spousal benefits, to our military men and women who have been wrongly discharged as a result of their sexual orientation.
Please stand with Lieut. Dan Choi and Dr. Richard Pan to further our movement regarding veteran’s rights. For those who serve on the frontlines and risk their lives every day, it is even more important to stand with them now.
This bill needs a majority in the California legislature to pass it which means that we need every legislator to know about this issue. Please take a moment to contact your legislator, either using the letter below or by writing one of your own.
Retired Admiral Jamie Barnett, former congressman Patrick Murphy and Army Major Mary Bergner explain why the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell isn’t enough to make gay and lesbian service members equal. The so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) forces the military to treat gay service members differently from straight service members. It must be overturned.
Find out how you can help overturn DOMA at http://freedomtomarry.org/military
Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2013
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history — from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement to service members who can finally be honest about who they love to brave young people who come out and speak out every day.
This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans. read more »
Today, the U.S. Navy issued a press release announcing the start of training for same-sex partners and their children.
The Navy will begin training for leadership and support elements to be ready to provide eligible benefits to same-sex domestic partners of service members and their children beginning August 31.
“Extending these benefits reinforces the principle that all those who volunteer to serve are treated with dignity and respect and ensured fairness and equal treatment to the extent allowable under law,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director military plans and policy.
Training must be accessed by all current and prospective, active and reserve command triads via Navy e-Learning and must be completed by August 23 according to NAVADMIN 152/13. read more »