California Governor Signs Historic Transgender-Student Bill

California Governor Signs Historic Transgender-Student BillCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law Monday afternoon allowing the state’s transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.

‘Cut down on bullying’

Supporters say the law will help cut down on bullying against transgender students, The families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts around the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use.

While California is the first state to pass a law of this magnitude, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington and Colorado have all adopted policies designed to protect transgendered pupils.


‘Warps the gender expectations’

Not everyone is on board. Opponents of the bill say allowing students of one gender to use facilities intended for the other could invade the other students’ privacy.

Randy Thomasson, of savecalifornia.com, says the law would “damage” kids.

“This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams and biological girls in boys restrooms, showers, clubs and sports teams,” Thomasson said. “This is insanity.”

Are you in favor of the signing of the California transgender-student bill? Why or why not?

Source: Fox News

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Transgender Child Now Allowed To Use Girls’ Restroom At School

Transgender Child Now Allowed To Use Girls' Restroom At SchoolA transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl has won the right to use the girls’ restroom at her Colorado school. The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Coy Mathis in her fight against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District.

‘Objectively and subjectively hostile’

Coy’s parents had taken her case to the commission after the district said she could no longer use the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary. In issuing its decision, the state’s rights division said keeping the ban in place “creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive.”

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund praised the ruling that was filled under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. Michael Silverman, the group’s executive director, called the ruling “a high-water mark for transgender rights.”


‘Treated equally’

This is the first of it’s kind ruling in the country regarding the rights of transgender students. No court, no tribunal has ever said what the Colorado Division of Civil Rights has said today which is that trangendered students must be treated equally. They specifically referenced the outmoded concept of separate but equal and told us that separate but equal is very rarely equal and it is certainly not equal in Coy’s case.

Coy’s mother, Kathryn Mathis, said she’s pleased that Coy can return to school and put this behind her. The first-grader has been home schooled during the proceedings

Is it alright for a transgender child like Coy to use the girls’ restroom even until he grows up? Feel free to pitch in your thoughts and opinions!

Source: Ed Payne | CNN

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