SACRAMENTO — LGBTQ seniors in California are one step closer to being protected from discrimination in long-term care facilities.
The State Assembly today approved SB 219, the “LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Bill of Rights.”
State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) authored the bill, and it was approved by the State Senate in May.
“Our LGBT seniors paved the way for our community, and they went to hell and back to ensure our community’s survival and growth,” Wiener said in a statement. “Ensuring these seniors can age with dignity and respect is the least we can do to support them, especially as they face discrimination, unique health challenges, and frequent lack of family support.”
The bill will go back to the Senate for a concurrent vote and then to the Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until October 15 to sign or veto it.