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Group sues California over new transgender law

Groups trying to overturn a new California law allowing transgender students to choose public school restrooms and sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders have filed a lawsuit claiming state officials are unfairly refusing to count signatures seeking a referendum.

Sacramento-based Privacy For All Students, a coalition of conservative groups, filed the lawsuit Thursday against the secretary of state and two counties.

It says a courier delivered signatures collected in Tulare ahead of a deadline of Sunday, Nov. 10, but offices were closed early before the three-day weekend. In Mono County, a courier dropped the signatures in a county mail slot a day before the deadline, but workers did not return to their jobs until the deadline had passed, according to the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs say the secretary of state's office is refusing to validate the signatures from the two counties.

The secretary of state's office did not immediately return phone calls on Friday seeking comment.

Opponents of the law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 said they have collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal it. Counties, however, were still reviewing the signatures.

The coalition submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, political strategist handling the signature gathering effort.

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures of registered voters must be verified through a random sampling. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review before the measure could be place on a ballot.

California is the first state to pass a law allowing such choices by transgender K-12 students.

One provision gives them the choice of playing on boys or girls sports teams. It also allows them to choose which restroom they use.

Opponents say the law would violate the privacy of the majority of students and some might try to claim to be another gender simply to gain access to bathrooms.

School officials say decisions would be made under careful scrutiny involving parents, counselors, teachers, staff and the student.

The goal of the law is to reduce discrimination against transgender students.

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Avatar for user 'Alex_Grebenshchikov'

Alex_Grebenshchikov | December 20, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

"...and some might try to claim to be another gender simply to gain access to bathrooms."

Might? No, many will, for sure. If the law goes into effect as planned on January 1st, we will no doubt immediately hear story after story of abuses and problems, and there will be chaos and outrage.

This law is so completely insane, even to the majority of those on the far left, that it can't be allowed to hold up. Nobody wants this except for a handful of aggressive, loud, entitled, outrageous, nut-job, extremist, LGBT domestic terrorists.

Let it be voted on!!!

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Eddie89 | December 23, 2013 at 9:08 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

People that think that boys will "choose" to be transgender on a whim, just so that they can go into the girls locker room misunderstand the letter of the law. It just doesn't work that way.

Personally knowing many trans people myself, they first have to seek a therapist and then be diagnosed with gender identity disorder, the process itself can take about 1 year. Then they are either put on hormone blockers and/or start taking hormones for their identified gender.

After which they literally start living as the boy or girl that they have always felt as. And then their mind will be in sync with their body.

To force these trans kids to use the bathrooms of their "birth" gender no longer makes sense, since by this point, they are the opposite gender from their birth certificate. Until such time that they can get that changed.

Again, a school boy on Monday will not claim himself transgender on Tuesday and then be allowed into the girls facilities. Because that's not how this law is setup. That's not now being transgender works.

And besides, think of the scorn and ridicule that boy will receive from his classmates if he starts to identify as the opposite gender.

But for true transgender kids, this is about helping them and supporting them during their transition.

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thompsonrichard | December 23, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Most college dorms today have co-ed suites -- or in a few cases the sexes are divided by floor. The barracks-style gyms are becoming rare at K-12 public schools, too; besides, the toilets and showers have stalls. ONE purpose of the law is to reduce discrimination against transgender students. In my office building (the Spreckels Theater downtown) the Nutcracker was performed this holiday season. The male toilet rooms have urinals, so twice as many of the male students could use the facilities in the short, short intermissions of the matinees attended by entire schools. Also, it's 50 yards from one side of the building to the other. Many more multi-office buildings today have combination family rooms / diaper changing rooms; stores, too (like Vons at 25th & Imperial). I was at the SDSU pool yesterday and a father changed his 5-year old daughter by the side of the pool -- rather than going into the men's locker room. You'll see "use gender-appropriate" restrooms for children over six (which can be difficult if a mother brings her son, or a father brings his daughter). Buildings have more, smaller toilets. The trend is away from Mussolini style architecture.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 23, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Alex, your post makes a lot of assumptions an accusations with nothing concrete to back them up.

If I'm not mistaken, the law is already in effect, no ?

Have there been any reports of all these "abuses" Alex claims ?

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