CA Trans Students: Good News

Well, this is indeed good news:

Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state. Assembly Bill 1266—which goes into effect on January 1, 2014—was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and passed the California State Senate and Assembly earlier this summer. The law is the first of its kind in the country, and requires that California public schools respect students’ gender identity and makes sure that students can fully participate in all school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities that match their gender identity. . . 


California law already prohibits discrimination in education, but transgender students have been often discriminated against and unfairly excluded from physical education, athletic teams, and other school activities, and facilities. This exclusion negatively impacts students’ ability to succeed in school and graduate with their class. For example, physical education credits are required to graduate, but transgender students often do not have the support they need to fully participate in the courses.

It’s the first law of its kind, but it would be amazing to see this happen in a lot more states.

2 Replies to “CA Trans Students: Good News”

  1. Jerry Brown is a no BS governor. He’s actually governing the state and he’s displeased those on the right and left, but the populace are supporting him, sometimes by a wafer thin majority because we know he’s not BSing us.

    He still has that deeply held Jesuit sense of social justice and compassion; he knows that he needs to do the right thing when he can.

    To California’s credit, there was very little push-back on this, even though we pushed hard.

    Here’s to the little version of me who went to school in the Eisenhower and Kennedy years, alone and confused.

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