Equality California is urging action – please alert you California lawmakers to pass AB 1888. Read on:
“Californians don’t like discrimination. Over the past 15 years, that’s been abundantly clear as our state has passed some of the world’s strongest laws protecting LGBT people.
But did you know there are islands of discrimination within California where those laws don’t apply?
Seven religiously-oriented colleges and universities up and down the state have obtained waivers under the federal Title IX, which bans discrimination based on gender – including against LGBT people – at academic institutions that receive government funding. The waivers allow these schools to discriminate against students, faculty and staff for being LGBT. They are nothing less than a backlash against the strides our community has made in the past 15 years.
Dear members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee:
“Please Support Assembly Bill 1888. California’s voters have made it abundantly clear, through you, their elected representatives, that discrimination has no place in our state. Over the course of the last 15 years, California has enacted the world’s most comprehensive laws protecting LGBT people.
But those laws do not apply at seven institutions of higher learning in California. These schools have obtained waivers that exempt them from the anti-discrimination requirements of Title IX. The waivers allow them to exclude or expel students and fire faculty and staff for being LGBT. Yet these institutions receive millions of dollars annually in the form of Cal Grant funding.
Assembly Bill 1888, by Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell), would ensure that no California taxpayer funding through the Cal Grant program goes to fund discrimination at any college or university that exempts itself from state or federal laws protecting the LGBT community. We urge you to pass this legislation swiftly and decisively.
We, the undersigned, urge you to pass AB 1888 out of the Appropriations Committee.”
• Ian Calderon—@IanCalderon
• Roger Hernandez—@Roger_Hernandez
• Chris Holden—@ChrisHoldenNews
• Bill Quirk—@AsmBillQuirk