Press Release

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO—Today, the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus unanimously elected Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to serve as Chair and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to serve as Vice Chair.

Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) hands over the chairmanship following two highly successful years for the Caucus. During his time as Chair, the Caucus, among its many accomplishments:

Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low’s (D-Silicon Valley) legislation to restrict firearm possession among people admitted under multiple 5150 holds, an involuntary psychiatric hold for individuals at risk of harming themselves or others, was signed by the Governor today.

AB 1968 will remove the firearms of someone who has been placed on a 5150 hold twice in one year and prohibits the admitting facility from filling out the petition form on the individual’s behalf. The individual could still petition the court for a hearing to have his or her guns returned.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Bills 1751 and 1753 were signed into law by the Governor today. Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) is the author of both bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis by addressing the overprescribing, diversion, and abuse of prescription drugs like opioids. These bills are a core component of a larger package of legislation aimed at combatting the opioid crisis.

Friday, August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement about the status of Assembly Bill 2943

“Authoring Assembly Bill 2943 is one of the most personal decisions I have made since taking office. As an elected official, I made decisions that discriminated against my very existence in order to support the broader community I represented. I officiated at weddings but, at the time, I could not legally have one of my own. I hosted blood drives but I was prohibited from participating due to the FDA’s discriminatory ban on gay blood donors. I hosted Boy Scouts earning merit badges but as a child I was never able to earn my own.

Monday, August 20, 2018

(Sacramento) - Following a report published Saturday by Politico's Caitlin Emma detailing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's refusal to investigate at least five civil rights complaints filed by transgender students, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), California Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur released the following joint statement:

"Secretary DeVos' egregious failure to protect transgender public school students from discrimination, bullying and harassment is not just a dereliction of her duty to enforce federal civil rights laws, but part of a larger campaign by the Trump-Pence Administration to dehumanize transgender Americans. Time and again, Ms. DeVos has chosen to put her own political agenda ahead of the needs of the nation's most vulnerable students. It is time for Ms. DeVos to take seriously the oath she took to serve all students — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in an environment free of discrimination and harassment."
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish gender neutral pronouns in statute and state policies and regulations passed the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary by a bipartisan vote of 7-0. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 260 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. ACR 260 is supported by the ACLU.

Monday, July 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Today legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute was signed into law by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is supported by Equality California and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.