Jan 10 2014
How Conservative Homophobic Forces Are Taking Aim At California’s New Law Supporting Transgender Students
Remember the lovely folks who brought you anti-gay Proposition 8? Well they’re back and now that they’ve failed to stop gay marriage, some of them have set their sights on a law that would help transgender youth. California’s AB1266 or The School Success and Opportunity Act was signed into law last year by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce the traumatic bullying transgender students face. The law, which took effect on January 1st mandates that public schools allow transgender kids to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their self-identified gender as well as play on sports teams according to their gender identity.
But a conservative coalition called Privacy For All Students led by Republican political strategist Frank Schubert intends to create a ballot measure to dismantle the law. The group claims that the law will lead directly to unisex bathrooms. Although they have gathered over 600,000 signatures hoping to put a proposition in the November elections, Secretary of State Debra Bowen says that they have fallen short of the minimum number of signatures. Bowen’s office is currently conducting a signature count which is expected to take up to 30 days to determine whether the repeal measure will be put before voters.
Meanwhile, across California, schools have begun enforcing the new law to the relief of many families of transgender student, and advocates are optimistic that it will stay in place. In Los Angeles, LAUSD has already had a similar policy in place for nearly a decade.
GUEST: Eli Erlick, Director of Trans Student Equality Resources and recent transgender high school graduate
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