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Know Your Rights: Empowering the LGBTQIA+ Community in Southern California

Posted by Katrina Eiden | Jun 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

Even in the progressive state of California, where strides have been made towards equality and acceptance, it is crucial and imperative for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to know their rights. Despite California's reputation for inclusivity, instances of discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes still occur.

By being informed about the protections afforded to them under California law, individuals can effectively advocate for themselves and others, ensuring that their rights are upheld and that they can live authentically without fear of discrimination or prejudice. In a state that prides itself on diversity and tolerance, knowing your rights serves as a powerful tool for asserting your identity and demanding the respect and equality that every individual deserves.

RIGHTS:

  • You have the right to access and utilize public accommodations.
  • You have the right to use the restroom consistent with your gender identity.
  • You have the right to rent property under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • You have the right to be employed.
  • You have the right to receive medical services.
  • You have the right to wedding services.
  • You have the right to child welfare services.
  • You have the right to adopt children.
  • You have the right to a discrimination-free workplace.
  • You have the right to a harassment-free workplace.
  • You have the right to a safe workplace environment.
  • You have the right to family leave.
  • You have the right to learn about LGBTQIA+ history.
  • You have the right to teach about LGBTQIA+ history.
  • You have the right to discuss LGBTQIA+ issues and topics in school.
  • You have the right to disclose or not disclose your identity on your own terms regardless of your age.
  • You have the right to play on a sports team that aligns with your gender identity.
  • You have the right to services, activities, and programs in the California Juvenile Court System.
  • You have the right to refuse and prosecute conversion therapy providers in California.
  • You have the right to have your gender-affirming care covered by your private or public health insurance plan.
  • You have the right to give blood and plasma.
  • You have the right to have your same-sex spouse or registered domestic partner covered by your health insurance plan.
  • You have the right to request that your California driver's license, birth certificate, and death certificate have a gender marker other than male or female.
  • You have the right to serve on a jury.
  • You have the right to hold a perpetrator against you where they cannot use the panic defense.
  • You have the right to change your legal name.
  • You have the right as a youth in foster care to have your identity respected and placed in a supportive environment.
  • You have the right to be you.

If you or a loved one has had any of their rights violated, securing legal assistance is crucial to help protect from further injustices and violations. At Dordick Law Corporation, a leading personal injury law firm in Southern California, our skilled personal injury attorneys are dedicated to advocating for LGBTQIA+ victims, ensuring they obtain the compensation and support they need. Reach out to us today at (310) 551-0949 or complete this form for a free consultation. Together, we can combat hate and foster a safer, more inclusive community. The attorneys here at Dordick Law are committed to ensuring you get justice.

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Katrina Eiden

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