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Controversial Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Action From Gov. Brown

Aired 7/31/13 on KPBS News.

There’s a fierce lobbying battle over a bill whose fate lies with California Governor Jerry Brown.

There’s a fierce lobbying battle over a bill whose fate lies with California Governor Jerry Brown. The measure would allow transgender public school students to participate in boys or girls extracurricular activities and choose which bathrooms and locker rooms they use.

Bill supporters said it’s about helping every student fit in. Ashton Lee is a 16-year-old high school junior from Manteca. He said being assigned to an all-girl P.E. class last year was a stressful time.

“Everyday going to that class it felt like I was just alone and empty," said Lee.

But Carol Hogan with the California Catholic Conference said the bill could lead to confusion among younger children and abuse in the older grades.

“It opens the door for the lack of good order in schools. Today I’m going to dress as the opposite sex so I can have access to lockers and changing rooms and restrooms," said Hogan.

The bill has cleared the legislature.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 1, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Ms. Hogan: people are smart enough to tell the difference between a trans-gendered person living their life as such and a horny prankster who throws on a wig and fishnets in an attempt to "peep" in the ladies locker-room.

I mean come on, just admit you are against any rights for transgendered persons instead of peddling this ridiculous argument !

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Eddie89 | August 1, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

It's obvious that Carol Hogan doesn't actual know any transgender people. Or she does and doesn't realize that they are transgender.

Being transgender is not deciding one morning to throw on a dress if you're a man and pants if you're a woman (hey, don't women already wear pants?! Hmmm?)

Anyway, I have dozens of transgender friends due to my volunteer work with PFLAG (Parents, Family/Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

In the most basic of terms, for a not so basic subject, a transgender person is a person that feels they were born into the wrong body. This is not something they "decide" on a whim and change their minds as the wind blows.

Since their earliest childhood memories, many transgender people know that they feel that inside they are the opposite gender than what their body looks like on the outside.

Besides, the pressure from society to conform to specific gender stereotypes would certainly serve as a deterrent for some "prankster" that wants to peep in the opposite gender's changing room based on a claim of being "transgender" at that moment, versus being born transgender.

This bill is right and it will help our transgender friends and family!

Sign the bill Governor Brown!

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | August 1, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Of course boys will pretend they're transgender to get into the girls locker room, give me a break. I also predict an increase in rapes and other sexual abuses if this passes. The kid in "Kindergarten Cop" understood the difference between boys and girls when he eloquently said, "Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina". And that sums it up. It really is that simple. Think whatever you want, but realize it's not your thoughts and feelings that determine your physical reality - if you have a penis, you are male. Transgender people have a mental/emotional disorder, and their disorder does not cause them to genetically transform into their perceived gender. If you think you are a bird trapped in a human body, and you really believe you were born that way, go ahead and have everyone call you a bird, treat you like one; you can even try to look like one if you want. Then go jump of a high rise building and try to fly. Guess what? You won't fly, you will fall to your death because no matter how much you believed you were a bird, you were actually a human. Wake up people. Leftists are partially to blame for the hell transgender people suffer through for pushing this ridiculous agenda so hard and trying to normalize this disorder instead of treating the problem. This adds to the confusion and causes more kids and parents to think this is OK and acceptable. Parents are partially to blame, guide your children for Pete's sake, no more of this "gender fluid" upbringing. Do you let kids choose if they want to eat healthy food, or if they want to go to school, shower, brush their teeth, etc.?

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