California AB1266

On January 1, 2014, California Assembly Bill 1266 went into effect, allowing students to participate in athletics and sex-segregated activities in accordance to their gender identity.

This law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and specifies various statements of legislative intent and the policies of the state in that regard. Existing law requires that participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, be available to pupils of each sex. This bill would require that a pupil 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.

This is a big step, but is being faced with harsh criticism by conservative folks who don’t think trans* people deserve basic human rights. I’m sure this will be a big news story in 2014, and a possible legal battle in the near future. Until then, you can read more about the new law here under California.

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