Tag Archives: Geoff Kors

New Head Of EQCA Resigns

Recently appointed Equality California executive director Roland Palencia has resigned less than five months after replacing Geoffrey Kors. Via press release: “Equality California serves a critical role in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the state of California,” said Palencia. “Over the next year, the movement in California faces a unique set of challenges that ...

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Geoff Kors To Leave Equality California

Equality California executive director Geoff Kors revealed today that he’ll be leaving the organization this spring. EQCA spearheaded the unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in 2008. Seth Hemmelgarn at Bay Area Reporter: Kors, who has been EQCA’s only executive director since it was created in 1998, announced this morning (Friday, December 3) that he’s resigning from the group, effective ...

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Quote Of The Day – Geoff Kors

“One of the things I sincerely hope Ken Mehlman has done or will do is to explain to George W. Bush how denying LGBT people equality causes real harm and how the GOP’s anti-equality platform and campaigns lead to teen suicides and hate crimes. I hope he explains how bigotry impacted him and that he has asked George W Bush ...

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HomoQuotable – B. Daniel Blatt

“In his latest email, the head of the gay affiliate of the California Democratic Party ‘Equality California’ tells us about ‘the U.S. Constitution’s promise of equality for all’. Funny, I’ve read the U.S. Constitution more times than I can count and have never found. The framers did indicate that the charter’s purpose includes securing ‘the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves ...

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Equality California: We’ll Wait For 2012 Before Attempting A Repeal Of Prop 8

In a conference call with activists and reporters, this afternoon Equality California announced their decision not to pursue a repeal of Proposition 8 until 2012. Veteran reporter Rex Wockner was on the call and quotes Equality California head Geoffrey Kors as saying that if another group pursues the repeal in 2010 and qualifies for the ballot, Equality California will support ...

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Equality California Invites Miss CA USA Carrie Prejean To Meet LGBT Students

Equality California wants Carrie Prejean to understand the power homophobia has to hurt LGBT youth, especially in light of two recent suicides caused by anti-gay bullying. EQCA has invited Prejean to meet gay leaders and LGBT youth. Equality California (EQCA) has invited Miss California Carrie Prejean to meet with leaders from her home state lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, ...

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No On 8 Says “We Messed Up”

Rex Wockner has posted a recapping of the Equality Summit now going on in California, where leaders of the marriage equality movement there have expressed regret over hiring professional lobbyists to run the No On 8 campaign. An excerpt: More than 400 gay activists gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center Jan. 24 to organize and strategize to win back ...

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No On 8 Executive Committee Names Revealed By Activist Michael Petrelis

Throughout the Proposition 8 battle, the No On 8 campaign refused to publicly identify its executive committee members, much to the consternation of many in the LGBT press. In December, San Francisco-based activist/troublemaker Michael Petrelis filed one of those fancy liberal Freedom Of Information requests with the state. And yesterday he got the names. According to Petrelis, the names were ...

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Gay Orgs React To Warren Selection

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: “President-elect Obama campaigned on a theme of inclusivity, yet the selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation is a direct affront to that very principle. This was a divisive choice, and clearly not one that will help our country come together and heal. We urge President-elect Obama ...

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It’s Make Or Break Time On Prop 8

Reportedly, internal polling at Equality California shows Prop 8 at a dead heat right now. But this just in from executive director Geoff Kors: On Tuesday, the other side reported donations of $2.2 million, dwarfing the $255,650 we reported, and called on their donors to contribute another $3 million. With this enormous sum of money they are buying every available ...

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Protection For CA Gay Seniors

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will protect LGBT seniors in nursing homes. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires licensed health care professionals who have constant interaction with seniors to attend a training program on preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “Some members of the (LGBT) community living in nursing homes have been denied ...

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California DPs Win Property Tax Case

Gays domestically-partnered in California are now protected from increased property taxes in the event of the death of one of the partners. (San Francisco, CA, January 3, 2008) – Today, in a major victory for same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by county assessors seeking review of a California Court of Appeal decision affirming the validity of ...

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