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Bills signed by Newsom will boost LGBTQ families

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Newsom October 6 signed Assembly Bill 218 allowing Californians to update their marriage certificates and the birth certificates of their children to accurately reflect their legal name and gender in a manner that protects their privacy.

Gay freshman Assemblyman Chris Ward (D-San Diego) revived the legislation after Newsom vetoed similar legislation last fall due to concerns it would inadvertently out transgender and nonbinary individuals.Also signed by Newsom October 9, in his final actions on bills for the session, was gay Assemblyman Evan Low's (D-Campbell) AB 1084 requiring retailers with 500 or more employees to remove signs that say "boys" and "girls" in toy and child care sections or provide a gender-neutral retail section for the.

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