Brown Signs Controversial Transgender Rights Bill

Published On : 8/13/2013 8:41 AM
By : Ben Adler
From : NPR
Categories : State, Local

Transgender students in California public schools will be able to participate in extracurricular activities and use facilities based on their gender identity under a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.  As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, opponents plan to challenge the measure in court.

The governor has also signed a bill that bans cities from ticketing cars parked at broken meters and a measure clarifying that sexual harassment at the workplace is illegal even if it’s not motivated by sexual desire.

The law will let transgender students choose whether to play boys sports or girls sports – and use boys or girls bathrooms and locker rooms – based on how they identify themselves, not their physical characteristics.  Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wrote the bill:

“This is truly about kids and it is about family values.  And we have proof in many districts that this can occur without mayhem or violence.” 

Critics are already preparing a legal challenge.  Brad Dacus with the Pacific Justice Institute posted a YouTube video promising to defend anyone “victimized” by the new law.

“That includes someone whose privacy rights are violated in the bathroom, in the locker room, in the showers – or someone who is prevented from playing on a sports team because someone from the opposite gender took their place.” 

The law takes effect January 1st.

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