2021 Priority Legislation and Budget Requests

Priority Legislation

AB-218 (Ward) - Change of gender and sex identifier
This bill will help to protect the privacy of transgender people and prevent discrimination when a transgender person enrolls their child in school, applies for a loan, or seeks to make medical decisions on behalf of an incapacitated spouse.

AB-746 (Cervantes) - Adoption: stepparent adoption
This bill will address the challenges and barriers in the adoption process for LGBTQ+ families, including, but not limited to, challenges and barriers in stepparent adoptions. There is room to improve adoption laws to ensure parity in the adoption process.

AB-789 (Low) - Health care facilities
This bill requires health facilities and clinics that provide outpatient primary care services to offer screening tests and follow up care for positive hepatitis B and hepatitis C patients.

AB-812 (Low & Garcia) - Rape of a spouse
This bill would repeal the provisions relating to spousal rape and make conforming changes, thereby making an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a spouse punishable as rape.

AB-1084 (Low) - Gender neutral retail departments
This bill would require a retail department store with 500 or more employees that sells childcare items, children's clothing, or toys, to maintain a gender neutral section or area, to be labeled at the discretion of the retailer.

SB-110 (Wiener) - Substance use disorder services: contingency management services
This bill would expand substance use disorder services to include contingency management services, subject to utilization controls.

SB-225 (Wiener) - Medical procedures: individuals born with variations in their physical sex characteristics
This bill would prohibit a physician and surgeon from performing certain sex organ modification procedures on an individual born with variations in their physical sex characteristics who is under 6. 12 years of age unless the procedure is a surgery required to address an immediate risk of physical harm

SB-258 (Laird) - Aging
California will become one of the first states in the nation to ensure HIV positive older adults have access to vital programs and services so they can age in place with dignity.

SB-272 (Laird) - State government: gender-neutral terms: California Conservation Corps
Promotes diversity and inclusivity by updating archaic gender-specific pronouns referencing the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner.

SB-357 (Wiener) - Crimes: loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense
Repeals discriminatory loitering law that largely targets trans women.

SB-379 (Wiener) - University of California: contracts: health facilities
Ensures access to LGBTQ+ and reproductive care services by prohibiting the University of California, on and after January 1, 2022, from entering into, amending, or renewing any contract with any health facility contractor or subcontractor in which a health care practitioner employed by the University of California or a trainee of the University of California providing care in the health facility under that contract would be limited in the practitioner's or trainee's ability to provide patients with medical information or medical services due to policy-based restrictions on care in the health facility.

HR-43 (Low) - Harvey Milk Day

SR-31 (Eggman) - Harvey Milk Day

Endorsed Legislation

AB-439 (Bauer-Kahan) - Certificates of death: gender identity
This bill codifies inclusive language to allow nonbinary and gender non-conforming Californians to be correctly identifies on their certificates.

AB-988 (Bauer-Kahan) - Mental health: mobile crisis support teams: 988 crisis hotline
Implements the 988 system in California, all elements of the 988 system shall be designed to meet the needs of California's diverse communities," including "LGBTQ individuals." This includes ensuring "equitable access to services the LGBTQ community."

AB-1094 (Arambula) - Sexual orientation and gender identity data collection pilot project
Provide California with much-needed data to track violent deaths among the LGBTQ community to help shape policies to reduce the number of these preventable deaths in the future.

Priority Budget Requests

EQCA - Teacher Training

Funding to promote the creation of an online cultural competency and anti-bullying training, as well as community resources, for the support of LGBTQ+ pupils and strategies to increase support for LGBTQ+ pupils, which is critical to improving overall school climates. (One-time Prop 98 General Fund cost of $3 million.)

LGBTQ Community College Pilot Program

Appropriation of funds to launch a pilot project for LGBTQ+ community college students. LGBTQ+ students seeking higher education were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this will allow California to increase enrollment and retention of LGBTQ+ students statewide. (One-time Prop 98 General Fund cost of $10 million.)

Ending the Epidemics

An allocation of funding to address California’s ongoing HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemics. (General Fund cost of $19 million; $6 million one-time investment and $13 million ongoing.)

Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund

Appropriation of funds supporting transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) communities. (Ongoing General Fund cost of $15 million.)

Hate Crime Security Grant Program

An allocation of funds for the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program which is administered by the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to protect our most vulnerable communities and provide critical security assistance to nonprofit organizations that are at risk of hate-motivated violence. (One-time General Fund cost of $50 million.)

Safeguarding LGBTQ+ History

An allocation of funds for the preservation and public accessibility of LGBTQ historical archives across the state of California. (One-time General Fund cost of $750,000.)

Preservation of the Arts

Funding to assist the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts’ opening in manner that is centered on public safety. (One-time General Fund cost of $1.7 million.)