Los Angeles LGBT Centers Calls on Governor Newsom to Sign SB 145 into Law to End California’s Highly Discriminatory Treatment of LGBTQ People - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Centers Calls on Governor Newsom to Sign SB 145 into Law to End California’s Highly Discriminatory Treatment of LGBTQ People

September 11, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz

In response to California legislature passing Senate Bill 145 relating to sex offenders, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Terra Russell-Slavin, issued the following statement:

“The state of California’s sex offender registry has long discriminated against LGBTQ people. SB 145 finally ends the remnants of this blatant bigotry. The current law must be changed because it especially penalizes LGBTQ youth. For example, under current law, an 18-year-old gay high school senior who is convicted of having consensual sex with his 17-year-old boyfriend must be listed on the sex offender registry. Yet, if he had sex with a 17-year-old girl instead, such listing would not be required. SB 145 treats LGBTQ and heterosexual 18-year-olds the same, giving experienced judges the discretion to decide whether the circumstances of a particular case warrants a listing on the sex offender registry.

“No one should be misled by the homophobic lies of right-wing extremist organizations who oppose the new law. SB 145 neither changes the penalties for any sex crimes nor does it legalize pedophilia.

“We urge the governor to stand up for equal treatment and reject the cant of conspiracy theorists and fanatics on the political fringe. Sign the bill!”

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