jerry brown makes history by signing senate bill 1172, making california the first state to ban therapy treatments that seek to “cure” queer youth. this is a landmark in the ongoing protection of the livelihoods and rights of queer folks and especially queer youth.
on the same day, brown vetoes ab889, the domestic workers bill of rights that would extend protections for working people - many of them women, many of them of color, many of them immigrants.
brown also rejects the trust act which would restrict scomm’s oppressive, anti-immigrant police regimes.
while it’s important to protect queer youth, keep in mind who brown is protecting: brown is completely aware that many of those workers and immigrants he is throwing under the bus across the state lack access to the privilege of voting. as my friend caro said, “this is hegemony at work:” gay complacency keeps folks like brown in office, keeps our domestic workers and immigrants disenfranchised and unprotected. not only that, but please keep in mind those folks in lgbt communities that brown disempowers: undocumented queer and trans folks and queer and trans domestic workers continue to be at risk with or without “gay cure” therapy.