CA grants transgender students restroom, sports choices

I clearly wasn’t thinking right when I saw this headline. I’m thinking, What? They’re offering a third restroom choice, like a family bathroom at the mall where mothers go to nurse or change their babies? Then I realise it’s a choice of which to use. Duh.

(Reuters) – California public schools must allow transgender students to choose which restrooms to use and whether to join the girls’ or boys’ sports teams under a law signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.

Supporters say it is the first state law to require equal access to sex-segregated school facilities based on the gender with which the student identifies instead of their biological gender.

But opponents say the law is too vague, and could lead to abuses.

Some school districts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, already allow students to participate in sports programs and choose school facilities in accordance with their gender identity, said Carlos Alcala, spokesman for the law’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco.

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