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California Voters May Decide Transgender Law

Aired 11/12/13 on KPBS News.

California may be headed for a new battle over legal rights for the LGBT community.

A controversial California law involving children and LGBT rights may end up going to the voters.

California recently enacted a law requiring that public schools let students use facilities and play on sports teams based on their gender identity and not their biological sex.

A coalition of groups opposing the law has submitted more than 600,000 signatures in an effort to put a referendum on the November 2014 ballot. Counties are counting signatures now.

Brad Dacus is with the Pacific Justice Institute. He's concerned about boys taking advantage of the law to go into girls' locker rooms.

"That is something I think we will expect," Dacus said. "And this legislation, unfortunately, makes it very difficult to deny young boys that opportunity."

But the law's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said such messages are scare tactics to get voters to overturn the law. He said this effort is reminiscent of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California.

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muckapoo1 | November 12, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

The heterophobe assault just will not quit. Let's just have open toilets everywhere like they do in Japan. Then finally,there can be no complaints from the heterophobe group. That will make for some interesting halftimes down at the stadium every Sunday.

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Eddie89 | November 12, 2013 at 1:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Obviously, the people opposed to this bill don't actually know any transgender people. A boy simply does not just decide on a Monday that he's going to call himself a girl on Tuesday and go into the girls locker room. That's not being transgender.

Being transgender is knowing and feeling for most of your life that you are the opposite gender. It takes years and years of self struggle and eventual acceptance to reach that point on your own. And then you must go to a psychologist to be diagnosed as transgender and get a prescription for hormone blockers and then start taking hormones for the identified gender (the one you feel like inside) and perhaps later, reassignment surgery.

Again, it's not like Billy decides that tomorrow he'll call himself Brenda and just walk into the girls locker room.

It doesn't work that way people!

Stop with the fear tactics!

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muckapoo1 | November 12, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Eddie, then again it could be as easy to get a doctor saying you have tendencies. I liken it to the recent epidemic of "service" dogs. They are in every store. Little fluff dogs. Who knew there were so many able-bodied people in need of their dog at all times. Most of the folks with them seem to drive and function just fine. Oh, but wait. They want to be "special". So they bring the mutt to a store where I buy groceries. All these folks have to declare is that is a service dog. Where are the sanitation concerns for the rest of us. Eddie, this transgender thing is just the tip of the future iceberg. The heteraphobes will never stop. PS: I did know a transgender person who worked for me during the entire transformation. He/she was a royal pain the whole time. Me me me, every day.

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benz72 | November 12, 2013 at 5:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Ed, That may be the way legitimate LGBT people behave; Even if school staff were able to differentiate between that and peeping Toms how would they be able to enforce it? Will they be allowed to say someone isn't "really LGBT"?

MP, Self obsession isn't necessarily linked to their transgendered status. They very well could have been a Narcissistic whiner without being transgender. Plenty of people are.

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garedawg | November 12, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I think that a small guillotine outside the girls' locker room could be used to test a young man's commitment to his feminine feelings before he would be allowed to enter.

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