Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

The reproductive health rights movement was founded on the premise that individuals should have the right to make sexual and reproductive decisions themselves, based on the principle of individual liberty. Because of these core beliefs, Planned Parenthood supports public policies that foster a social climate that replaces discrimination with tolerance, reduces legal barriers with legal justice for all, and replaces judgment with acceptance.

Six states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, currently allow same-sex couples to marry. In addition, the nations of the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden also allow marriages for same-sex couples.

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LGBT and Reproductive Rights are part of Planned Parenthood’s Mission

California Planned Parenthood Education Fund supports public policy and legislation which:

  • Fosters a social climate of tolerance, legal justice for all, and acceptance.
  • Advocates for culturally competent and medically accurate health care for everyone.
  • Respects each individual’s reproductive and sexual health choices.

Important Legislation on LGBT Issues in California

SB 543 (Leno): This bill permits youth ages 12-17 to consent to mental health treatment without parental permission if the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to make the decision or if the youth would present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self and others without the services.

AB 2654 (Laird): Assembly Bill 2654, the Civil Rights Act of 2008, amends existing nondiscrimination provisions to be consistent with the nondiscrimination protections in the Unruh Civil Rights Act and Government Code Section 11135, which prohibits discrimination in state-funded programs and activities. AB 2654 is the fifth in a series of successful nondiscrimination bills designed to strengthen major areas of California law and clarify that people are protected from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Other Organizations Working on this Issue in California