A bill was passed in the California Assembly last month that would allow transgender students to use the bathroom facility of their choice rather than the one that corresponds to his or her physical gender. This would apply to both high school and elementary students.Assembly Bill 1266, new under consideration in the Senate and introduced by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, amends current law that already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender and gender identity. Ammiano, however, felt current law didn’t go far enough.
“This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records,” according to the bill’s language (emphasis added).
Ammiano recently received some notoriety when, after supporting a bill that would allow the homeless to sleep, loiter and panhandle on public sidewalks, had several undercover reporters harassed after loitering on the sidewalk in fron of his San Francisco office.
The bill is expected to pass in the Democratic Senate and later signed into law by Democrat Jerry Brown, according to Red Alert Politics.
Red Alert’s Meghan Keenan noted:
Similar policies are already in place in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Last year, Massachusetts passed similar legislation, making it the first state in the country to mandate nondiscrimination policies in school based on gender identity. On Tuesday schools in Multinomah County, Oregon were also required to begin using gender-neutral bathrooms.
I keep wondering how many high school boys will call themselves a transgender just for the opportunity to use the girl’s locker room. As for the grade schoolers, I can only shake my head.
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