Statement on Legal Alerts From Attorney General Rob Bonta Regarding Forced Outing Policies, Inclusive Education
Contact: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
Phone: (213) 355-3057
Mobile: (213) 355-3057
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang in response to legal alerts issued by California Attorney General Rob Bonta impacting LGBTQ+ youth in California regarding forced outing policies and state standards for inclusive curriculum:
“As LGBTQ+ students head back to school in the new year, Attorney General Bonta is reassuring them that the California Department of Justice has their backs. In 2023, we saw an increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric from far-right extremists in California that led to direct attacks on our youth in the form of forced outing policies that out transgender students without their consent and attempts to censor or ban books and curriculum that so much as mention LGBTQ+ people. Already vulnerable young people should not be subject to even greater harassment and harm in their learning environments.
These legal alerts put those who seek to violate or roll back the rights of LGBTQ+ youth on notice that doing so violates these students’ constitutional and legal protections and will not be tolerated in California.The Attorney General has been a steadfast ally in combating these efforts by anti-LGBTQ+ extremists, and we are grateful to him and to our legislative allies in Sacramento who have consistently worked to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ students in California.”
In October 2023, Attorney General Bonta secured a ruling from the San Bernardino Superior Court that prevented a forced outing policy in Chino Valley Unified School District from implementation pending legal proceedings.
On September 25, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1078 by Asm. Dr. Corey Jackson, a member of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, which expands the right to inclusive educational materials and prevents school districts from banning or censoring books and curriculum that meet state educational standards.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org