Friday, October 11, 2013

Current California Transgender Politics

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would make it easier for transgendered people to change their birth certificates. The bill, AB 1121 (Atkins), proposed by San Diego assemblyman Toni Atkins would reduce some of the time and monetary expenses that transgender people experience when legally changing names and gender listings (AP).

While AB 1121 proved a victory for transgender people, a lobbying group "Privacy for all Students" recently began a campaign to repeal California AB 1266 "Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs and activities" (Wetzstein).  Under AB 1266 children and teens attending California public schools "shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records" (AB No. 1266).


Associated Press (AP), LGBTQNation, October 8, 2013,

Wetzstein, Cheryl, Washington Times, Petition drive underway to put California's transgender student law on the ballot, September 23, 2013,

AB-1266 Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs and activities (2013-2014), California Chapter 85,

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