California the 1st to Give Transgender Kids Rights
Transgender students can now use bathroom of choice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – California yesterday became the first state to enshrine certain rights in state law for transgender students in kindergarten through 12th-grade, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he had signed AB1266, which also will allow transgender students to choose whether they want to play boys' or girls' sports. Supporters said it will help reduce bullying and discrimination, while detractors said allowing students of one gender to use facilities intended for the other could invade the other students' privacy.

But a spokesman for the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, noted that the state's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, has had such a policy for nearly a decade and reported no problems. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network said two states, Massachusetts and Connecticut, have statewide policies granting the same protections, but California is the first to put them into statute and require them in all school districts. Hours after the governor's signing was announced, the Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative legal group based in Sacramento, issued a news release soliciting plaintiffs for a future lawsuit against the law, which will take effect Jan. 1.

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Aug 15, 2013 12:47 PM CDT
Seem like the addition of a stall for each individual fixture would be an acceptable fix for most. It's been a long time since I've used the restroom in a school, but I do know the fixtures are different. I keep getting this comical thought of a 16 yro female body with a 13 yro male brain trying to use the wall-mounted urinal.
Aug 14, 2013 10:18 AM CDT
So I guess I can go and just "hang out" in the girls bathroom. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And you think it will stop bullying, hah. So a kid says he or she is transgender, who is going to determine or even challenge that? I see big lawsuits in the coming future. California, the land of the whispering bushes, "psst, hey buddy, come over here".
Aug 13, 2013 11:31 PM CDT
Biology is destiny. If you stand to urinate, go to the buys restroom - if you sit . . off to the girls. Simple. This is a solution for a non-existent problem.