California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed a
first-in-the-nation bill that gives transgender K-12 students certain
The new law requires public schools to allow transgender students
access to the restroom and locker room of their choice. Those
students can also decide what sports they want to play.
Supporters said the law will help reduce discrimination faced by
“We are grateful to Governor Brown for his longstanding
commitment to ensuring that all California students are able to
attend school without discrimination or harassment,” Shannon
Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
(NCLR), said in a statement.
Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center,
said the law would give transgender students “the same fair chance
at success as their classmates.”
Opponents of the measure had urged Governor Brown to veto the
measure, which they dubbed the “bathroom bill.”
“What about the right to privacy of a junior high school girl
wanting to go to the bathroom and having some privacy, or after PE
showering and having to worry about being in the locker room with a
boy?” Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource
Institute, is quoted as saying by the AP.
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