Calif. to require schools to have bathrooms, locker rooms for transgender students

CaliforniaSchools in the state of California will soon be required to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their preference.

A bill being discussed in the state senate would mandate that schools have bathrooms and locker rooms that are fully equipped for transgender students, as well as requiring the schools to allow transgender students to take part in sports and other activities of the gender of their choosing.

Assembly Bill 1266 is aimed at prohibiting “discrimination against transgender students” in the state’s school districts, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill’s sponsor, told The Christian Post.

The bill, which the state assembly passed last month, is expected to pass in the Democratic state senate and be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Supporters of the bill believe that it will help end discrimination against transgender students.

“It’s about ensuring transgender students, just like all students, have a fair chance to be themselves and succeed at school,” Melissa Goodman, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, told the Los Angeles Times.

Among those opposing the legislation is the California Catholic Conference, who said that the bill is extraneous because laws preventing discrimination against transgender students are already in place in California.

“Our legislature tends to get involved in things that are better handled in local school districts,” said Carol Hogan, a spokeswoman for the conference, told the Los Angeles Times. “One size does not fit all.”

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.

This post was updated to include the news about gender-neutral bathrooms in Multinomah County, Oregon. 

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  1. sda53 says:

    Wow, corrupt our children now. Government does not need to be in schools. Give all the power to our states and all the money. Cut crazy Washington off now. obama should not even be in office after murdering Americans in Benghazi to cover up his smuggling to our enemies. No one in Washington is working for us so we need to quit paying them. jihad ready to control us.

  2. MoPatriot says:

    These bathrooms will have extra supplies of toilet paper so the “girls” can make sure their bras are stuffed to capacity….. ROFL

    Nothing like singling these people out even more then they already are.

    what a joke

  3. FADUTA says:

    Just one more reason why I wish I was back in high school. This would have been a hoot. I always wanted to play with – err I mean play girl’s volleyball!

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