On August 12, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law giving transgender students in public schools the right to use whichever restroom or locker facilities they desire, and to decide whether they will participate in boys or girls sports activities. The new law will impact an estimated 6.2 million students in the state's k-12 public schools.
Homosexual activists insist the law is necessary to protect transgender students from confusion, bullying, and discrimination. The Associated Press reported that the measure comes “as the families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts across the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use, disagreements that have sometimes landed in court.”
In July The New American reported that the school district of Arcadia, California, was pressured by the federal Department of Education and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to change its policy so that a female student “transitioning” to the male gender would be able to use the boy's restrooms and locker rooms at her school. The school district signed on to an “agreement” written up by the DOJ ensuring that the girl who supposedly identifies as a boy “will be treated like other male students while attending school in the district,” according to a DOJ statement.
Masen Davis of California's Transgender Law Center, which advocates for such measures nationwide, said that under the new California law, “every transgender student in California will be able to get up in the morning knowing that when they go to school as their authentic self they will have the same fair chance at success as their classmates.”
The group quoted Calen Valencia, an 18-year-old transgender student, as saying: “I’m so excited that California is making sure transgender students have a fair chance to graduate and succeed. I should have graduated this year, but my school refused to give me the same opportunity to succeed as other boys. Now other transgender youth won’t have to choose between being themselves and graduating high school.”
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