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posted Friday, March 16, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 11
EQCA struggles for direction
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EQCA struggles for direction

by Seth Hemmelgarn

For the last several months, Equality California, the statewide LGBT lobbying organization, has struggled for direction.

Since its founding more than 10 years ago, the organization has helped bring about state laws that address everything from student bullying to employment and housing protections for transgender people.

But when former Executive Director Geoff Kors left in March 2011, after nine years in the post, EQCA appeared to lose its focus, and the leadership since then has been in flux.

After a lengthy search, Roland Palencia became executive director last July, but he resigned just three months later. His departure came soon after EQCA's board decided not to pursue a repeal of Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage ban, this year.

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