Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE
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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.
3701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 725
Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Civil Rights, California, Marriage, Equality
Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)
Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)
Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)
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The past few years have seen significant advancements for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights, including the legalization of marriage equality nationwide, the repeal of both Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, and the adoption in California of robust non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. However, LGBTQ people still experience great disparities in health and wellbeing compared to the broader public. LGBTQ people suffer higher rates of homelessness, violence, depression, suicide, arrest, incarceration, substance abuse, and poverty, and lower rates of insurance coverage compared to the general public.
We are tackling these critical issues still facing LGBTQ people and our families through education, advocacy and mobilization programs to achieve our mission: full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBTQ communities, inside and outside of California.
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Health Happens with Equality
With the continued support of The California Endowment, Equality California Institute is expanding its Health Happens with Equality trainings to educate healthcare providers about the health needs of LGBT people, with a special focus on the LGBT undocumented community. We our continuing our trainings in the Central Valley, and we are expanding the program into the Inland Empire and other parts of the state.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Equality California Institute is continuing to expand its HIV-related work in two areas. The organization is working to modernize criminal statutes that stigmatize and discriminate against people with HIV, and to educate the public about the need to reform these laws. The goal is to make California’s criminal laws surrounding HIV a model for the entire nation. Equality California Institute's HIV decriminalization work is also funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The organization is also continuing its "TakeIt/I’m PrEP’d” campaign, to educate the LGBT community about the benefits of and access to PrEP therapy with a special focus on communities with the highest transmission rates. Equality California Institute is also working to end the categorical federal ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.
People with HIV/AIDS
Safe and Supportive Schools
Equality California Institute is launching programs to build safe and supportive environments in California public schools. It is working closely with teachers’ organizations, the state superintendent of public instruction, and the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP to develop a Safe and Supportive School Equality Index, a metric to measure school districts’ efforts to prevent bullying and promote LGBT acceptance and programs that support LGBT students. The organization also intends to provide LGBT cultural competency and anti-bullying training and support for teachers and staff. Equality California Institute is working with the Trevor Project to require suicide prevention programs in California schools. To guide that work, it is forming an advisory committee consisting of sister LGBT organizations, school board members and teachers’ organizations to develop best practices and approaches.
To educate California voters about the transgender community and in advance of future efforts to target them at the ballot box, Equality California Institute and the Transgender Law Center are leading a statewide public education campaign to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face. The campaign includes other LGBT and civil rights organizations as well as groups serving communities of color and faith communities. The effort is independent of work on any political or legislative campaign. The campaign has conducted research and outreach and is working with community and faith leaders in a field campaign to conduct door-to-door, one-on-one conversations. The campaign has also identified and trained spokespeople – including transgender youth and adults, their friends, families, employers and educators – to tell their stories in print and through social media.
California Faith for Equality
Equality California Institute is continuing to build its network of faith leaders across the state to increase acceptance of LGBT people within faith communities and to help mobilize pro-equality faith communities to combat the use of religion as an anti-LGBT weapon.
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Fair Share for Equality
Equality California Institute's Fair Share for Equality program brings LGBT community leaders and government officials together to identify the priorities that are most important to the LGBT community, and which programs require funding. The organization convenes an annual summit with other LGBT and progressive organizations, policy makers and experts to set goals.
Equality California Institute has launched a leadership program of two-day academies in Northern and Southern California to prepare and groom rising LGBT leaders. The program brings together 30 LGBT leaders to develop their leadership skills and to prepare them for appointments corporate or public sector boards and to run for office. This work is in partnership with the Victory Fund and is supported by Bohnett, Coca Cola and Edison International.
Some 250,000 undocumented immigrants are an integral part of California’s LGBT community. They pay millions of dollars every year in fees and taxes, yet are largely unable to access public programs that they already help pay for, leaving them some of the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community. As part of a grant from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Four Freedoms Fund, Equality California Institute leads a collaborative of LGBT centers and healthcare organizations from across the state to conduct outreach, education, and enrollment assistance for immigrants to earn legal status and citizenship. The purpose of this project is to mobilize the organizational power of the LGBT community to stand with immigration advocates to connect immigrants with current federal programs for legalization
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Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.
EQCAI has been a leader in the LGBTQ civil rights movement since our founding in 1999 during the fight for marriage equality in California and on a national stage. Since then, California has adopted comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and we have shifted our mission to encompass a broader, intersectional set of goals, focused on achieving full lived equality and social justice for all LGBTQ people. We expanded our mission to include reducing disparities in health and wellbeing that LGBTQ people suffer. Our current programming encompasses 5 main categories of work: Health and Health Advocacy, Education, Immigration, Leadership and Civil Rights.
Equality California Institute is the second largest LGBTQ civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation, with a membership list of upwards of 800,000 individuals. Our size lends itself to our strong communications and mobilization capacity, allowing us to reach large numbers of LGBTQ and allied individuals in order to conduct outreach, education, and mobilization. As a leader in the fight for marriage equality, EQCAI is well known in the LGBTQ community and has a reputation for being leaders in the fight for LGBTQ equity and inclusion. We have positive relationships with LGBTQ and allied social justice organizations and non-profits across the state, are well-respected among our peer organizations and elected and appointed officials, and have an engaged and loyal Board, staff and volunteer base.
EQCAI measures and monitors all aspects of our programmatic work to assess progress towards goals. Data is compiled into annual reports for funders, partners, our board, and our membership. EQCAI staff maintain a database of contacts, trainings, community events and workshops that EQCAI staff lead, participate in, or attend. Staff track the number of people reached, where events takes place, what collateral was disseminated, how many volunteers were recruited, and how many people received education or training or signed up to become a member. EQCAI utilizes a post-training survey to measure increased knowledge after healthcare providers receive LGBTQ Cultural Competency training, which provides an additional measure of success.
Equality California Institute has operated as a statewide organization since 1999. At the onset, our primary objective was establishing marriage equality in California and achieving LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Once achieving many of our original goals and after same-sex marriage became law in California in 2014, we revised our organizational missions to encompass a broader, intersectional set of goals, focused on achieving full lived equality and social justice for LGBTQ people. We expanded our purpose to include reducing disparities in health and wellbeing that LGBTQ people suffer compared to the general public. Today, EQCAI is the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization in the nation. Our programs cover a wide range of topics that impact the diverse LGBTQ community, including healthcare, immigration, education, HIV prevention, transgender visibility, mental health, religious acceptance of LGBTQ people, and leadership development for LGBTQ youth and adults.
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as of 10/15/2018
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