Stonewall Democratic Club

California Legislative Priorities & Call to Action


California's Democratic legislature has passed groundbreaking legislation this session to protect LGBTQ persons, immigrants, women, and students.

There are 12 important bills currently waiting for the Governor's signature. We need you to voice your support so that these bills are enacted into law.

Pick up the telephone, send emails, and use social media to make a difference for our communities!

Contact Governor Brown Today!

Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841.

Tell the Governor to support SB 239, SB 396, SB 179, SB 219, SB 310, AB 677, SB 54, AB 10, AB 569, SB 169, AB 1360, SB 230, SB 570 & AB 1604.

Contact the governor via his website and email.

Stonewall's Legislative Action committee has helpfully drafted and sent out letters to elected officials advocating for each of these bills (linked under each bill name, below). Please email the letters on to elected officials or use them as inspiration for your own correspondence.


Twelve Stonewall-Endorsed Bills Awaiting the Governor's Signature:


SB 239 – Modernizing Discriminatory HIV Criminalization

Reduces stigma associated with HIV and prevents HIV positive persons from being singled out for more severe punishment under the law.


SB 396 – The Transgender Work Opportunity Act

Requires employers to provide workforce training on gender identity and expression.



Businesswoman and founder of TransCanWork Michaela Mendelsohn, a key backer of SB 396, pictured with TransCanWork's Genie You and Dr. Marilyn Lawrence, spoke to Stonewall's membership about the importance of ensuring transgender-friendly workplaces at Stonewall's August meeting.


SB 179 – Gender Recognition Act of 2017

Establishes a non-binary gender marker for official state documents, and streamlines the process for people to change their gender on such documents.


SB 219 – Seniors Long Term Care Bill of Rights

Ensures equal treatment of LGBTQ seniors in long-term care facilities, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and HIV status. 


SB 310 – Name and Dignity Act

Requires that incarcerated transgender people be properly recognized by the criminal justice system and grants the right to petition the court to change their legal name and gender marker.



(L) State Sen. Toni Atkins, pictured with Stonewall's Communications VP Sean Kolodji and At-Large Representative Taylor Bazley. (R) Stonewall President Lester Aponte with State Sen. Scott Wiener. Sens. Atkins and Wiener are sponsors of some of the key pieces of pro-LGBTQ legislation, including SB 239, SB 179, SB 219, and SB 310.


AB 677 - Research on LGBT Education and Employment

Directs agencies focusing on education and employment to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity.


SB 54 – California Values Act

Prevents diversion of state and local police resources away from critical local law enforcement duties. Ensures undocumented residents can report crimes and assist in prosecutions without fear of deportation.


AB 10 – Free Feminine Hygiene Products in Public Schools

Requires schools to stock restrooms with complementary feminine hygiene products. 


AB 569 – The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

Protects employees from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.


SB 169 – Education: Sex Equity

Codifies existing Title IX protections into California law to ensure safety and equity on our school campuses.


AB 1360 – Charter School Admissions & Discipline

Prohibits discriminatory admissions practices and ensure due process in pupil discipline at charter schools.


SB 230 – Evidence: Commercial Sexual Offenses

Helps prosecutors convict predators who traffic in sex slavery. 


Thanks to Stonewall's Incredible Legislative Team!

Many thanks is owed to Stonewall's incredible legislative team, led by Political Vice President Jane Wishon and Legislative Action Chair John Erickson and Vice Chair Alana Roshay. They have done incredible work reviewing legislation, informing Stonewall's membership about critical bills, and sending out letters to elected officials to encourage them to support our positions.

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