Bill would protect transgender students' right to school sports

Saying he is working to ensure that transgender students in California feel fully included in schools, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, last week introduced legislation to give transgender students the right to participate in school sports and use bathroom facilities that correspond with their expressed genders, the Associated Press reported.

If Assembly Bill 1266 becomes law, transgender students would have the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities,” regardless of how their gender is listed on their school records. Transgender refers to those who identify with a gender that differs from their sex.

California law prohibits discrimination against transgender students and, according to a statement from the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, AB 1266 would make it clear to school districts that the state non-discrimination law “requires public schools to respect a transgender student’s identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities.”

This would include allowing transgender children to play on sports teams and use bathrooms that align with their gender expression.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued a policy last month granting the same protections, but Ammiano’s bill is believed to be the first to explicitly spell them out as a matter of state law, Transgender Law Center executive director Masen Davis said, the AP reported.


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  1. mervin evans on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:07 am06/14/2013 4:07 am

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    I am Opposed to AB 1266 !

    I am opposed to Gay Education being taught in our public schools. I support a 1-Strike 50 prison term for sex crimes against our children. I am opposed to forcing the Boy Scouts to have Gay Scout Leaders. Our Community need Senior Housing! With the amount of Taxes we are paying, every public college should be free

    California is in trouble. Our citizens are suffering. This is perhaps no more apparent than right here in South Los Angeles, where unemployment, despair and economic malaise are deep and painful. They are daily reminders of the dangers we face now, and into the future. I don’t want this to continue.

    I see companies leaving California; and it’s because Property Tax Rates are too high, bad economics and bad government policy. I want to build businesses, provide jobs for our young people and opportunity. I welcome you support for my campaign to the California State Senate 26th District.

    Thank You.

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