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Parents In Uproar Over Bill Regarding Transgender Students

Kaysie Ellingson |
October 30, 2013 | 11:46 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer


LAUSD Building / Creative Commons
LAUSD Building / Creative Commons
A group of parents, students and nonprofit faith groups were expected to gather outside of Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. The rally is an attempt to overturn a controversial bill that allows transgender students K-12 to choose which bathroom to use and which sports teams to join based on their gender identity rather than their chromosomes. 

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Assembly BIll 1266 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August. While state law already prohibits California schools from discriminating against transgender students, this is the first time a U.S. state has issued a bill that mandates such treatment.

Those who criticize the bill say that it promotes unisex bathrooms. According to CBS Los Angeles, volunteer spokesperson, Lady Cage-Barile said, "[Calif. State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano] wrote the bill to help transponders feel comfortable with themselves…However, he neglected to realize how intrusive, invasive and uncomfortable it makes girls and boys feel when the opposite sex intrudes their public safety zone." 

The Privacy For All Students coalition is hoping to collect 500,000 signatures on a petition by Nov. 1 to overturn AB 1266. However, supporters of the bill say that it necessary to help protect students from bullying and other abuse.  

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