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AB 5: The Safe and Supportive Schools Act

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As LGBTQ+ rights across the country come under attack, from book bans to outlawing instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, California is leading the way in preserving the rights of LGBTQ+ students across the state. While the state is making progress, LGBTQ+ students still experience harassment, violence and lack of affirmation in school settings far too often.

This is why I introduced the Safe and Supportive Schools Act on my first day in the State Assembly. AB 5 provides high quality, professional development opportunities to educators in order to help foster inclusive classroom environments and appropriately address the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ and all students face. The bill would yield significant benefits for educators that directly transfer to the success of LGBTQ+ students and advance overall educational outcomes.

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AB 5 Description

Training for Teachers & Staff

Training for Teachers & Staff

Ensures Teachers Complete Annual Trainings

Ensures Teachers Complete Annual Trainings

Supports All Students

Supports All Students

Raises Awareness

Raises Awareness



Podcast Episode

Look West Podcast, Episode 99: LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Improves Schools for All Students

Bill Updates

  • September 23, 2023: Governor signs AB5
  • September 11, 2023: Bill passes Senate
  • May 22, 2023: Bill passes Assembly
  • May 18, 2023: Bill passes Assembly Appropriations Committee
  • April 26, 2023: Bill passes Assembly Education Committee
  • December 5, 2022: Bill introduced

Bill Coauthors

  • Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur (Primary Sponsor)
  • Assemblymember Alex Lee
  • Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Assemblymember Christopher M. Ward
  • Assemblymember Lori D. Wilson
  • Assemblymember Matt Haney
  • Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes
  • Assemblymember Caroline Menjivar
  • Assemblymember Evan Low
  • Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo
  • Senator Scott D. Weiner
  • Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • Senator John Laird
  • Senator Steve Padilla

Supporting Organizations

  • ACLU California Action
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • API Equality – LA
  • California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
  • California State Council of Service Employees International Union (SEIU California)
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
  • Equality California
  • Fresno Spectrum Center
  • LGBTQ+ Rural Resources Center
  • National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
  • Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
  • San Diego LGBT Community Center
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
  • Transgender Health and Wellness Center

...and many more!

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