“AB 2356 removes the obstacles that LGBT and single women faced when they sought medically-assisted insemination,” said Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. “I am proud to have authored legislation that will eliminate those barriers and level the playing field for all women seeking medical services in their effort to conceive.”
“This new law will allow many LGBT people to access an affordable, effective fertility service, and will greatly benefit many families who would otherwise be unable to conceive children,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Protection Project Director Cathy Sakimura, Esq.The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, 426 17th St, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA. Featured speakers include Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, introduced by Maddie Flood of Rockwood Leadership Institute; Leland Traiman, RN of Rainbow Flag Health Services, introduced by Keiko Lane, MFT and Lisa Denenmark of City Visions, KALW; Kim Klausner, co-producer of the documentary film “Choosing Children” (GroundSpark Films, 1984), introduced by Maya Scott-Chung, MPH; Legal update and Q&A with National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Protection Project Director Cathy Sakimura, Esq., and Alice Kessler of Equality California. The program will include an open mic time for families, health providers and others to speak about the importance of the passage and implementation of AB 2356.
The event will be live broadcast from 6:30-7:30 pm with Michelle Meow from SWIRL RADIO www.SwirlRadio.com.
RSVPs should be directed to Maya Scott-Chung at 510.381.0876 or EqualFertilityAccess@gmail.com
, and online reservations can be made at http:// AB2356FamilyBuildingAccess. Eventbrite.com.
Event co-sponsors include:
Hosts: Rockwood Leadership Institute www.rockwoodleadership.org
Alameda County Paul Robeson Chapter of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) www.paulrobesonaclu.org
Arizmendi Bakery www.arizmendibakery.org
CA LGBT Health and Human Services Network & Health Access http://www.eqcai.org/site/c.
Charles Spiegel Law www.charlesspiegellaw.com
Children of LGBTQ Parents Everywhere (COLAGE) www.colage.org
Deborah Wald Esq http://waldlaw.net/
Equality California (EQCA) www.eqca.org
GroundSpark: Igniting Change through Film www.groundspark.org
Keiko Lane, MFT www.keikolanemft.com
Laurel Fertility Care www.laurelfertility.com
Lolo Health Center www.lolocenter.com
Maia Midwifery and Fertility Services http://www.maiamidwifery.com/
Michelle Borok, LM, Take Root Home Insemination Services http://michelleborok.com/take-
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) www.nclrights.org
Our Family Coalition (OFC) www.ourfamily.org
Rainbow Flag Health Services http://www.gayspermbank.com/
STRONG FAMILIES/Forward Together http://forwardtogether.org/
The Donor Source www.TheDonorSOURCE.com
The Surrogacy Source www.TheSurrogacySOURCE.com
Transgender Law Center www.transgenderlawcenter.org
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.nclrights.org