Discrimination against LGBTQ seniors would be illegal thanks to bill passed by California Assembly

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.” Photo: iStock/EyeJoy

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.”

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State Sen. Scott Weiner (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,” Weiner 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.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.