Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law on Monday a bill that will allow transgender students to participate in school sports, activities and facilities based on how they identify their gender, regardless of what sex they were born as. Transgender refers to those who identify with a gender that differs from their sex.
Introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, Assembly Bill 1266 gives transgender students the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities,” no matter how their gender is listed on their school records. Studies have shown that transgender students often face abuse and bullying in schools, Ammiano noted.
The Transgender Law Center’s legal director, Ilona Turner, called the bill a major step toward acceptance, KQED reported.
Last month, a transgender student in the Arcadia Unified School District won a federal complaint alleging that the district prohibited him from using facilities consistent with his male gender identity, including restrooms and locker rooms at school, as well as gender-specific overnight accommodations at a school-sponsored trip.