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California allows transgender students to pick bathrooms

Supporters say the new law should reduce bullying and curb discrimination.

By Kristin Wong Aug 13, 2013 2:36PM

California made history Monday, becoming the first state in the nation to allow transgender students to pick their own bathrooms and sports teams.

New California law allows transgender students to choose bathrooms. An American flag flies next to a Rainbow flag at the San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. (© Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed transgender-rights bill AB1266 into law, which allows students "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" based on their self-perception rather than birth gender. It will go into effect Jan. 1.

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Parents of transgender students have often debated with school districts over what restrooms their children can use, and many times these disagreements land in court. 

Supporters of the bill believe it will curb discrimination and bullying.

Opponents of the bill say it could lead to an invasion of privacy. But Carlos Alcala, a spokesman for the bill’s author, says the law is about allowing transgender students to fit in.

"They're not interested in going into bathrooms and flaunting their physiology," Alcala said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Unified School District has held a similar policy for eight years without a hitch.

"Clearly, there are some parents who are not going to like it," Alcala said. "We are hopeful school districts will work with them so no students are put in an uncomfortable position."

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Photo: An American flag flies next to a rainbow flag at the San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. (© Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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Aug 19, 2013 10:17PM
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Aug 19, 2013 10:13PM
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Yea, tough luck to the 99.9999 %t that don't want a person of the opposite sex around when there in the bathroom. In California it's all about the .0000001% that has a screw loose.

And I assure you, the first time your son is seen going into the girls bathroom?? He is a bully's wet dream.

Aug 19, 2013 10:11PM
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The sooner California falls into the sea the better
Aug 19, 2013 9:20PM
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so a boy who thinks he is a girl wants to use a girls restroom. How is this fair to the girls?
Aug 19, 2013 5:15PM
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 It appears that we're attempting to set the most critical area of human privacy into a political arena. Transgender restrooms would be the most economical way to ensure some amount of (much needed) privacy to all. I find that I'm agreeing with wall-E231 at this point.  The cost of the extra would be nothing more than a drop in the (proverbial) bucket.
Aug 17, 2013 8:28AM
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Maybe the goverment need to build more bathrooms for transgender students ,but  should not to allow them to pick,which will make other students confuse and mad!
Aug 17, 2013 6:32AM
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Can Republicans have their own bathrooms?

Democrats can do what they want, wherever they want, so they do not need rooms for it.

Democrats aren't real people, but sub-humans crafted from the slag of nuclear waste in the late 1940's. For this reason, abortion among Democrats is a good thing because it cuts out the really bad genes. We have prime examples of Democrats who should never have been allowed to breed. The Clintons, whatever spawned Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Gloria Allred, etc.

Aug 17, 2013 5:36AM
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What about boys, girls, unisex?

 

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