The California Alliance for Pride and Equality
The California Alliance for Pride and Equality is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization representing the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The mission of CAPE is to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer Californians by:
- directly lobbying the state government for appropriate legislation and public policies;
- educating the public about the communities' issues and concerns;
- working with other communities to promote equality and understanding.
Founded in 1998, The California Alliance for Pride & Equality (CAPE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians. CAPE has over 200,000 donors, volunteers and supporters in California and is the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organization in the country.
In March of 2000 California voters approved Proposition 22, an unfair and divisive measure that singled out gay and lesbian couples for discrimination. As a direct result of Prop. 22 the terms of the debate regarding discrimination and equality for LGBT Californians have shifted dramatically. CAPE has kept this discussion moving forward in a constructive way, working daily with elected officials throughout the state to address the reality that LGBT families lack most of the legal safeguards that non-gay families enjoy. Since the March 2000 election CAPE has continued to fight for basic rights and has taken the momentum gained during the Prop. 22 campaign forward to ensure full equality for all Californians.
As a result of the November 2000 election California now leads the nation in electing lawmakers who support LGBT equality. Additionally, the California state legislature has doubled their number of openly lesbian legislators.
The Democrats have increased their majority in both houses of the Legislature, with a gain of four seats in the Assembly for a 50 - 30 majority and a gain of one seat in the Senate for a 26 - 14 majority. The Assembly has 30 new first-time state legislators. A considerable number of these members, Democrats and Republicans alike, received endorsements from local gay and lesbian PACs, political organizations, or gay newspapers.
With friends and allies in both chambers and both parties of the California Legislature, CAPE expects that more pieces of legislation will be passed in the State Capitol next year that support the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians.