California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two bills that provide added protections for the LGBTQ+ community. The laws ensure queer Californias are represented in tracking of communicable diseases and mandate transgender prisoners be housed according to their identified gender rather than the gender assigned at birth. Both bills were authored by State Senator Scott Wiener and were co-sponsored by Equality California among others.
“California has some of the strongest pro LGBTQ+ laws in the nation and with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward,” Governor Newsom said in a statement.
“Today, California took a big step toward LGBTQ equality and inclusion,” Senator Wiener concurred.
Senate Bill 932 requires health care providers in the state provide the sexual orientation and gender identity, if known, for reportable communicable diseases. It is the first of its kind in the nation and came in response to issues