California Action Alert - Gender Non-discrimination

August 01, 2003

Task Force Friends:

Your IMMEDIATE action is needed. The bill that adds non-discrimination protections for transgender people is sitting on the desk of Governor Gray Davis.

He needs to hear from constituents that he should sign it into law!

He has 12 days (from July 29) to sign or veto Assembly Bill 196, which clarifies the definition of sex in the state's non-discrimination law, making it illegal to discriminate against transgender and gender non-conforming people in housing and employment.

Equality California, which has worked tirelessly to get this bill passed, has issued the following action alert and release on the status of the bill. Please utilize the information below to get a message to Governor Gray Davis today.

Thank you,

Transgender Civil Rights Project
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

*********************************************** EQUALITY CALIFORNIA: EQ NEWS
July 24, 2003 * Breaking News * Action Alert

--> AB 196 Passes the Senate!

--> Urge Governor Davis to Sign AB 196



AB 196, the Gender Nondiscrimination bill by Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), was approved by the state Senate today. Next stop for the bill is Governor Gray Davis' desk for a signature or veto.

AB 196 is one of three priority bills sponsored by Equality California in 2003. It will protect transgender and gender non-conforming Californians from unfair discrimination in employment and housing.

Another bill supported by Equality California, AB 458 by Assemblymember Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), also passed the Senate today. The measure, which will protect foster youth and foster parents from discrimination based on a number of factors including sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, is sponsored by the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. It now goes to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate amendments.

To learn more about the Senate vote, read our press release:

To learn more about AB 196, check out our website:




AB 196 provides critical legal protections for those Californians discriminated against because of their gender identity or expression. All that is needed now to enact these protections is the governor's signature.

TAKE ACTION! Please contact Governor Gray Davis and ask him to sign AB 196. Here's how:

SEND AN EMAIL: To send an email to the Governor, simply visit EQCA's Action Center:

MAKE A PHONE CALL: Don't forget -- the right wing not only sends emails, they also make phone calls. Help make sure that the Governor hears how important this bill is to thousands of Californians!

Please call Governor Davis (during business hours) and ask him to "Please SIGN AB 196, to protect Californians from gender discrimination."

Sacramento - 916-445-2841
Fresno - 559-445-5295
Los Angeles - 213-897-0322
Riverside - 909-680-6860
San Diego - 619-525-4641
San Francisco - 415-703-2218

SEND A FAX: You can also fax the Governor at 916-445-4633


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