EQUALITY CALIFORNIA

Until the work is done.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.eqca.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Tony Hoang

Main address

3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 725

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

95-4708781

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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While recent years have seen significant advancements for LGBTQ+ civil rights — including marriage equality nationwide, the repeal of both Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act and the adoption of robust non-discrimination protections in California — LGBTQ+ people still experience great disparities in health and well-being 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. This is particularly true for LGBTQ+ people who sit at the intersection of one or more additionally marginalized identities – LGBTQ+ people of color; transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex (TGI) people; LGBTQ+ immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers; LGBTQ+ people with disabilities; the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated; people living with HIV; and LGBTQ+ young people just to name a few.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equality California

Despite another year of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and spasms of violence against transgender people and communities of color, we also saw promise, triumph, and resilience across our LGBTQ+ community. Equality California secured major legislative and political victories in 2021, which will benefit our LGBTQ+ community for decades to come. The biennial redrawing of political maps afforded us the opportunity to consolidate LGBTQ+ voters in major cities in California. In Sacramento, we passed bills advancing equality for transgender and nonbinary Californians. We lead efforts to allow trans and nonbinary people to change their names on official documents, and passed legislation to repeal the state’s racist, transphobic anti-loitering law, which fueled profiling, arrest, and harassment of trans women and women of color, in particular. Together, we will keep striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people — until the work is done.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Californians witnessed a desperate ploy to undermine state government when supporters of Donald Trump and far-right organizations mounted the state’s first recall election of a governor in 20 years. Governor Gavin Newsom, an outspoken supporter of LGBTQ+ rights throughout his career, resoundingly prevailed with help from coalitions initiated by Equality California and other progressive organizations. Tellingly, the campaign also highlighted the anti-LGBTQ+ record of Caitlyn Jenner, a reality TV star and candidate in the recall election, who was held accountable for her history of disparaging comments about the LGBTQ+ community.

Accomplishments
- Contacted over 400,000 Equality California members and urged them to oppose the recall of Governor Newsom.
- Persuaded 85% of LGBTQ+ voters to oppose the recall, more than 20 percentage points higher than voters overall.
- 82% of Equality California members voted in the recall election, compared to 61% overall voter turnout

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Congressional, legislative and other political district maps are redrawn every 10 years based on the U.S. Census. In 2021, by testifying before the CA Citizens Redistricting Commission to unify LGBTQ+ people in the same districts, we ensured our voices and concerns were heard, and empowered LGBTQ+ Californians to elect members of the LGBTQ+ community or allies that are responsive to our unique challenges and priorities.

Accomplishments:
- Compiled data indicating where LGBTQ+ people live in CA, based on membership lists of Equality California and partner organizations.
- Advocated for the creation of a Congressional district in Long Beach representing a large LGBTQ+ Latino-majority population, setting the course for Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to become the first LGBTQ+ immigrant elected to Congress.
- United and strengthened large LGBTQ+ populations in Congressional districts based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach, the East Bay, Sacramento and the Coachella Va

Population(s) Served

With President Biden’s inauguration and Democrats’ control of the House and Senate, hopes were high for a paradigm shift. Though the Biden-Harris White House has reversed much of the Trump-era’s ugliest anti-LGBTQ+ regulations, hyper-partisanship in Congress has stalled our aggressive, progressive agenda. Nevertheless, Equality California pushed ahead in Washington, D.C. to promote equality at the federal level.

Accomplishments:

- Secured “yes” votes from every Congressional Democrat from California and Nevada for the eight bills supported by Equality California and Silver State Equality.
- Worked with allied partner organizations to advance LGBTQ+ judicial nominees from California.
- Created a coalition to tackle credit reporting problems encountered by transgender and nonbinary people after a legal name change.
- Created a coalition to help LGBTQ+ veterans who were expelled from the military with a less-than honorable discharge to receive upgraded discharges.

Population(s) Served

More than 18 months after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, California is still reckoning with its racist past and present. There is much work to be done to stop anti-Asian violence and the racial inequities highlighted by COVID-19 in healthcare and the economy, but we are playing a part in rectifying these injustices by passing new laws and empowering voters of color.

Accomplishments:
- Advocated for COVID-19 vaccine equity and raised awareness about the disproportionate toll the pandemic has taken on Latino and Black LGBTQ+ communities.
- Ensured fair and equitable legislative redistricting for people of color by partnering with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the California Black Census and Redistricting Hub.

Population(s) Served

While transgender and non-binary people experience almost unparalleled harassment, violence and discriminatory laws in the United States, hope grows as new laws are passed to create protections at home, work and school. California is leading the country in ensuring the transgender community’s safety and dignity in all aspects of life, and we are dedicated to keep playing a role to make that happen.

Accomplishments:

- Sponsored four bills in the California Legislature that improve the lives of transgender and non-binary people, of which three were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom and one is awaiting his decision.
- Partnered with California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to create the nation’s first statewide transgender advisory council.
- Lobbied successfully to end the Pentagon’s policy against transgender people serving in the U.S. military
- Supported Lisa Middleton’s mayoral campaign in Palm Springs, making her the first transgender mayor in California.

Population(s) Served

Working closely with LGBTQ+ state legislators and allies, Equality California advocated at the State Capitol for policies to improve the health and well-being of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, those living with HIV, and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong. Six of our sponsored bills were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, reinforcing California’s standing as a national leader in protecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Accomplishments:
- Secured $3 million for an online training for teachers so that they are equipped to support LGBTQ+ students and improve overall school climate.
- Passed legislation to ensure older Californians living with HIV have access to critical programs and services.
- Streamlined the process that transgender people use to change their name or gender on marriage certificates, college diplomas and their children’s birth certificates.

Population(s) Served

In 2021, Silver State Equality shepherded three bills through the Nevada Legislature: updating and modernizing HIV criminal laws; allowing more than two adults to adopt a child; and requiring state agencies to collect data about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression from the people they serve.

Accomplishments:

- Led the Nevada Equality Coalition in advocating for progressive legislation; three LGBTQ+ priority bills were signed into law, in addition to nearly 17 others, by Governor Steve Sisolak.
- Testified before the Nevada Legislature, Clark County Redistricting Committee, and Clark County School District to urge them to seek public input and redraw political maps to be more equitable for the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.
- Organized a virtual Equality Day session with 40 individuals, who urged Nevada lawmakers to pass Silver State Equality’s priority legislation as well as those prioritized by the Equality Coalition.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of policies formally introduced

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Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of policies formally established

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LGBTQ people

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pro-equality candidates endorsed (local, state, and federal)

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Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people contacted regarding local, state, and federal elections

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Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In years with a local, state, or federal election, Equality California conducts voter outreach to ensure that LGBTQ+ people and our allies are aware of pro-equality policies and candidates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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. Equality California, along with its 501(c)(3) affiliate Equality California Institute, are the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations, with 900,000 members, and California’s only LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations working at the local, state, and national levels.

We are a diverse organization, accountable to California’s diverse LGBTQ+ community. We define “LGBTQ+ issues” broadly and are fighting for full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people and the diverse communities to which we belong — centering those in our community most at-risk of discrimination, including LGBTQ+ people of color, TGI (transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex) people, immigrants, young people, women, and people living with HIV. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for LGBTQ+ equality, and we will keep fighting until the work is done.

Our priorities areas are:
• Politics: Electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot;
• Legislation: Passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC;
• Litigation: Fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom;

Through these and other channels, Equality California is seeking to create change in our communities and public systems and to reduce disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being.

Advance Cutting-Edge Legislation
• Continue to advance LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation in California, including legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us.
• Promote California’s pro-equality legal landscape as a roadmap for states across the country.
• Advance LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation at the federal level.
• Expand programs to assist LGBTQ+ organizations in other states to adopt LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation.
• Support affiliate infrastructure in other states where existing capacity is weak or nonexistent.

Enhance Our Electoral Clout
• Build the bench of openly LGBTQ+ elected and appointed officials to fuel the LGBTQ+ movement in California and beyond.
• Mobilize voter turnout for pro-equality candidates at the state and national levels.

Address Disparities In Health & Well-Being
• Continue to invest in programmatic work that focuses on vulnerable communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong, including communities of color and faith, immigrants, people living with HIV, elders, youth, people with disabilities, women and members of TGI communities.
• Improve LGBTQ+ competency in institutions that support the public in times of need and crisis, including healthcare providers, schools and universities, faith organizations and law enforcement.
• Expand programming focused on implementation of California’s pro-equality laws, including healthcare access programming and the Safe & Supportive Schools Initiative.
• Advocate for increased government resources to meet the needs of all LGBTQ+ people and people at risk of, or living with, HIV.

Educate, Mobilize & Engage Our Community
• Maintain a robust, comprehensive communications strategy to mobilize and engage the community at the local, state and federal levels.
• Increase Equality California’s earned media platform to become one of the go-to organizations in the nation for issues and stories relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.
• Maintain and strengthen Equality California’s role as the statewide convener and leader of the California’s LGBTQ+ community regarding health, electoral, legislative and policy issues.
• Increase and strengthen collaboration with LGBTQ+, labor, business, and progressive partners to advance the community’s priorities.
• Optimize technology infrastructure to improve programmatic effectiveness.

Serve As A Talent Engine For The LGBTQ+ Movement
• Recruit and train the next generation of LGBTQ+ community leaders, enhancing their understanding of LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice issues and community priorities.
• Invest in training and career advancement for staff through professional development opportunities that expand and refine skill sets that can be used to advance priorities in the public and private sectors.
• Mentor smaller organizations in the movement to build LGBTQ+ movement capacity at the local and state levels.
• Expand mentorship opportunities for volunteer leadership at Equality California

Equality California, along with its affiliate 501(c)(3) Equality California Institute, are the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations and California’s only LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations working at the local, state, and national levels.

Our size lends itself to our strong communications and mobilization capacity, allowing us to reach large numbers of LGBTQ+ and allied individuals to conduct outreach, public education, and mobilization. As a leader in the fight for marriage equality, Equality California 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 of directors, staff and volunteer base.

Equality California Institute, along with our affiliate 501(c)(4) Equality California, was established in 1998 as the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (the name Equality California was adopted in 2003) with a mission to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

Today, Equality California 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, TGI (transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex) visibility, mental health, religious acceptance of LGBTQ+ people and leadership development for LGBTQ+ youth and adults.

We have achieved historic firsts in California—protecting LGBTQ+ youth from so-called “conversion therapy,” expanding access to life-saving HIV prevention medication, protecting transgender students from discrimination, and guaranteeing healthcare for transgender youth in foster care. We have launched innovative programs to support LGBTQ+ students in the Central Valley, empower the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders to pursue elected and appointed office, and ensure healthcare professionals and homeless service providers have the tools and training they need to care for the LGBTQ+ community. Through these and many other efforts, we have also paved the way for the rest of the nation to follow—creating a roadmap and helping our partners in other states replicate our success. We have built California into a beacon of hope to LGBTQ+ people around the world, and we will not stop fighting until the work is done.

How we listen

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EQUALITY CALIFORNIA

Board of directors
as of 11/02/2022
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Board chair

Joseph Gregorich

Scott Malzahn

Cecilia Cabello

Drew Murphy

Susan McCabe

Jerry Bloom

Mandy Lee

Jason Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Aaron Avery

Carl Baker

Sue Burnside

Jason Chan

Jason Daniels

Sue Dunlap

Alicia Isaacs

Hon. Leslie Katz

Kate Maeder

John Marciano

C. Scott Miller

Liliana Perez

Alfredo Pedroza

Hon. Alex Randolph

Hon. James Williamson

David Tsai

Hon. James Williamson

Hon. Bevan Dufty

Darrell Tucci

Jane Natoli

Janessa Goldbeck

Jason Chan

Jeff Riles

John Tedstrom

Kasey Suffredini

Nancy Sutley

Nick Velasquez

Thomas Li

Yale Scott

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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