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Statewide Food Program Launches in CA

By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 7
A pilot program to feed low-income people with chronic illnesses after they have been discharged from the hospital is launching statewide this month in California.

CA Rings in New LGBT Bills

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Jan 6
Legislation that allows people to identify as non-binary on their birth certificates and other documents and a bill that decriminalizes HIV are among those that went into effect in California on January 1.

California Law Enforcement Readies for New Marijuana Laws

By Paul Elias | Dec 31
Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will be trying to make sure they adhere to a slew of new pot laws.

Hate Crimes Up in California

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Jul 15
Hate crimes rose in California by about 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from state Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

CA Dems Elect Gay Man as Chair

By Matthew S. Bajko | May 27
A gay man is now the chair of the California Democratic Party, marking the first time in the history of the 171-year-old state party that it has been led by an out LGBT leader.

Legal Issues Main Focus of CA LGBT Bills Package

By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 5
Topping the LGBT legislative agenda for lawmakers and advocates in California this year will be a variety of legal issues.

CA Bills Address Health, LGBT School Issues

By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 4
California lawmakers are being asked to expand the number of state agencies required to collect LGBT demographic data and readdress the issue of LGBT discrimination on the campuses of religious affiliated colleges and universities.

Time to Amend CA HIV Penal Codes, Say Lawmakers

By Matthew S. Bajko | Feb 12
State lawmakers and AIDS advocates say it is time to amend California's anachronistic criminal codes that target people living with the virus.

California Democrats Counter Trump's Threat to Defund

By Jonathan J. Cooper | Feb 7
The war of words escalated Monday between Democratic leaders in the nation's biggest state and Donald Trump after the Republican president said California is "out of control" and suggested withholding federal funding.

New LGBT-Inclusive CA Laws Take Effect in 2017

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Jan 1
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several LGBT-supportive bills this fall that are set to take effect in 2017, including a bill aimed to combat discrimination at universities and legislation designed to prevent youth suicides.

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