LGBT Prisoner Safety Act Passes Assembly with Bipartisan Support

May 13, 2009

Bill Sponsored by EQCA and Introduced by Assemblymember Ammiano Now Moves to Senate

Sacramento – The California State Assembly passed the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act, AB 382, today by an overwhelming margin of 64-9. The bill garnered significant bipartisan support. Sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D – San Francisco), the bill is designed to prevent violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the state prison system. The bill received more Republican votes than any other piece of legislation sponsored by EQCA.

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Bill Addresses Transgender Inmates in California

April 29, 2009

by Don Thompson | AP

SACRAMENTO—The state Assembly will consider a bill as early as Thursday that would require state prison officials to take inmates’ sexual preference and gender identity into account when they make housing decisions.

The bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is supported by gay rights groups that cite studies showing that homosexual, bisexual or transgender inmates are more vulnerable to abuse. It has cleared two committees with little opposition.

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read NCLR’s press release “Meeting to Highlight Issues Faced by LGBT People in California Prisons”