LGBTQ+ Rights

When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

  • Collaborate with grassroots youth activists, advocates and impactful organizations on the forefront of movements for safe, affirming and bias-free schools to ensure all our LGBTQ+ youth, in all their intersectionalities, are welcome and able to thrive. Create the State’s and locality-specific new framework that affirms Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action within all educational environments and the Project Based Learning settings;
    • State Legislation which implements, expands and fully funds:
      • K-12 Literacy-based anti-bias curriculum & critical practices
      • Peer-mentor networks;
      • Mental health specialists (counselors & psychologists) trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with individuals with disabilities, restorative justice, and more – responding to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis;
      • School climate specialists—trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with students with disabilities, restorative justice, and more—who can intervene in emotionally or physically volatile situations and act with the best interests for all students involved;
      • Education Support Professionals (ESPs) that promote student achievement, ensure student safety, and help establish a healthier school climate;
      • Anti-bullying and emotional intelligence series;
      • Student-Led Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Clubs;
      • Any additional initiatives that activists, advocates, and disabled youth need/would like to see in their educational settings to encourage their holistic growth and success;
      • Fund State and locality-specific equity audits;
    • In Solidarity with LGBTQ youth across this country, I support the following federal legislation:
  • Expanding the rights of Transgender, Non-binary & Gender nonconforming people with true enforcement and sanctions by the Office of the Attorney General
  • Tackling the criminalization of sex work, with BIPOC Trans, Non-binary & Gender Nonconforming sex workers bearing the brunt of harm with:
    • The decriminalization of sex work;
    • With legislation that supports and expands SB233 that removes penalties applied to sex workers;
    • Pardoning all active sentences, waiving all fees & expunging all criminal records any #OurCalifornia residents who were targeted by localities or the State for all laws which criminalized sex and sexual services between consenting adults;
    • Reducing incarceration and improving the treatment of LGBTQ people in the legislation, justice system, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and all immigration systems;
    • State recognition of sex work as legitimate and legal work maximizing their protection, dignity & equality;
    • Maximize sex workers’ legal protection and their ability to exercise their human, constitutional and civil rights in a nondiscriminatory fashion;
    • Support of a Sex Workers Union;
    • Collaborate with grassroots activists and organizations on the forefront of movements for survivor advocacy, LGBTQ liberation, bodily autonomy, and sex work positivity for State Policy and Community impact;
  • Our government has policed specific sexual acts and legitimized these as barriers from outdated fearmongerIng & discriminatory practices, in spite of all donated blood products being tested for HIV and other pathogens, such as hepatitis C virus the exact same.  My administration will legally challenge Federal FDA Blood Donation Guidance for Gay Men through new State legislation which permits all blood donations regardless of intimate sexual acts between consenting adults.
  • Develop a new State Office, Reproductive Justice for the Underserved & Marginalized.
    • Research
    • Policy Development
    • Compose and Publish a State Resource Guide for Holistic Treatment Options by County for Reproductive Justice for the Underserved & Marginalized
      • Research
      • Policy Development
      • Compose and Publish a State Resource Guide for Holistic Treatment Options by County for Reproductive Justice for the Underserved & Marginalized
      • Hire Culturally-Competent Care Consultants who work with Local Public Health Departments, Private + Public Hospitals and Clinics to appropriately train Sexual Health and Reproductive Health on the needs of #OurCalifornia’s underserved & marginalized communities – specifically including but not limited to Trans/ Non-binary/Gender Nonconforming, Black Maternity & Infant Mortality, California Indian Maternity & Infant Mortality, Intersectionality of #OurCalifornia’s Poor, Environmental Injustice & Healthcare disparities
      • Support grassroots organizations and local community mutual aid efforts to include but not limited to:
        • Diaper Banks
        • Intimate Hygiene, Tampon, Sanitary Napkins & Condom Bank
        • LGBTQIA sexual and reproductive health services
        • Specifically Trans, Gender Non-Binary & Gender nonconforming sexual and reproductive health services including Transitioning, Hormone Replacement Therapy,
      • Receive complaints and determine economic sanctions for hospitals, clinics & healthcare service providers in the State failing to serve or provide reproductive justice to #OurCalifornia
  • All reproductive health services, from wellness checks, STIs, fertility, cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive hygiene products, transitioning, gender affirming hormone therapy, family planning, abortion will be free at the point of service under my #MediCALForAllCaliforniansCalifornians program.
    • To ensure #OurCalifornia receives the reproductive health care we deserve, I will expand funding and resources for all other State initiatives that protect Women’s, Men’s, Trans & Gender Non-binary reproductive health.
      • State investment in reproductive health care has doubled over the past two years, allowing Planned Parenthood and other community health providers to open more physical, sexual & reproductive health centers all while expanding their telehealth service options. I will double this State investment for my term as Governor.
    • All participating providers, facilities, and pharmacies will be required to prominently display, in plain language, & in multiple languages as based on needs of the community, information of California patients’ rights under our #MediCALForAllCalifornians, as well as resources to file complaints.
  • Eager to work with the California Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Task Force to ensure all recommended strategies can be funded and achieved for #OurCalifornia through public policy, action & the robust social safety nets we deserve in our resilient and sustainable communities;
  • In Solidarity with LGBTQ+ people across the country I support federal legislation including:
    • the Customer Non-Discrimination Act,
    • Do No Harm,
    • End Racial and Religious Profiling Act,
    • the Equality Act,
    • Every Child Deserves a Family Act,
    • Fair and Equal Housing Act,
    • FAMILY Act
    • Healthy Families Act
    • Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act
    • Jury Non-Discrimination Act/Jury ACCESS Act
    • Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act
    • PrEP Access and Coverage Act
    • Prohibition of Medicaid Funding for Conversion Therapy Act
    • Real Education for Healthy Youth Act
    • Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act
    • Transgender Military Service
    • Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act
  • I am eager to work with the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAAITS), TGI Justice Project, Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, TransLatina Coalition, One Love Oceana, Disability Justice Culture ClubSins Invalid, Maven, Intersex Justice Project, API Equality, Lavender Seniors, El/La Para TransLatina, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition (BRC), Flying Over Walls, Openhouse, Transgender Law Center, School of Liberty and Liberation, Outlet, Brown Boi Project, The Berkeley Free Clinic, Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS), GaymerX, AIDS Emergency Fund, Arcata High’s Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club, National Queer Trans Therapists of Color Network, Intersex Genderqueer Recognition Project, Golden Gate Business Association, Queer Humboldt, Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, NIA Collective, Asian Americans For Community Involvement, Grassroots Policy Project, Project Open Hand, Oasis Legal Services, Homobiles, Life Eldercare, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), Teaching Tolerance, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, African Human Rights Coalition, Asamblea Gay Unida Impactando Latinos A Superarse (AGUILAS), Gender Spectrum, The Hunger Intervention Program Helping Other People (HIPHOP), Maitri, Jewish Family and Community Services, Lambda Youth Project, Trans Justice Funding Project, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Perspectives for a Diverse America, Eye Zen Presents, Center for Third World Organizing, NAMI of California,  GLBT Historical Society, United Territories Of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance – U.T.O.P.I.A., Brava! for Women in the Arts Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS), LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund, Institute for Policy Studies & other grassroots & impactful organizations, advocates, activists  and pillars in human rights, the gender-affirmation, restorative justice, reproductive justice, human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met;
  • State Deputization of chosen grassroots nonprofits who are successfully providing dynamic and critical social services to #OurCalifornia to act as an extension of our government in expanding their work and services with the funding, staffing and State recognition they deserve;
    • Will participate within the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.