Controversial Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Action From Gov. Brown
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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.