New Law Gives Transgender Students Choice of School Activities, Facilities

January 1, 2014 10:00 am · 80 comments

Transgender students at schools throughout the state will be able to use bathroom, locker rooms, and play sports with the gender they identify with starting in the New Year.

The law allows students at public K-12 schools to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities based on their matching gender and use facilities based on their identifying gender, regardless of the gender listed on school records.

The law, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this summer, goes into effect Wednesday, with schools implementing the new practices for athletic groups and other school-based organizations, and modifying facilities to accommodate all students.

A Sacramento-based group, Privacy for All Students, a coalition of parents, students, nonprofit and faith groups, has put together a campaign to repeal the transgender student law, group organizer Gina Gleason said.

Gleason said the campaign has collected more than the 505,000 signatures required for a referendum.

If the signatures are deemed valid by county registrars by Jan. 8 the law will be put to a vote on the state ballot in November.

According to the California Secretary of State Office’s count as of today there are only 249,557 valid signatures.

Privacy for All Student and its supporters finds the law discriminatory for non-transgender students, claiming on its website, “There is no protection for students that object to sharing bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms with students of the opposite sex.”

Opponents also claim, “The state should not allow mixed sexes into locker rooms and bathrooms based on a few students that claim to be a different gender than their gender at birth.”

Gleason said, “We are concerned about every student. We understand where the transgender student is coming from. We believe that accommodations can be made for students who are dealing with this in their life.”

However, she said, “We are concerned for students who don’t want to share facilities with students of the opposite sex.”

She said that the group was able to collect approximately 620,000 signatures “proves that it was important to parents that this law be repealed.”

The group has filed a lawsuit against the state secretary’s office over an issue with filing deadlines for signatures submitted in Mono and Tulare counties.

Signatures collected in those counties are not being counted because they were not submitted by the Nov. 10 deadline, while Gleason contends those petitions were dropped off on Nov. 8.

Implementation of the law may be held up at some schools pending the signature count, she said.

“Schools that do not favor this new law, they will hold off on implementing (it),” she said.

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1 I wish they had this when I was in school January 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I would have claimed to be a girl in high school, just so I could use the girl’s showers.

2 anonymous January 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

How did Bonilla and DeSaulnier vote on this?

3 Makes perfect sense January 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Catering to a minority of less than 0.15 percent of the population.

4 Dr. Jellyfinger January 1, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I wish I was still in high school. PE 3 times a day! I’d be switching teams & hitting the shower with my sisters.

5 YOU Voted For IT January 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

YOU gave permission for this to happen when you mindlessly voted for “progressive” liberal democrat candidates. YOU gave them super majority control of the CA State Legislature, they can and do pass any law they want unopposed, enjoy the fruits of your vote.

Want some one to blame? Look in the mirror.

6 Frank C. January 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM


I’ll bet they voted for it…..

7 Just me January 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

This law makes no sense at all. So now the one student that was uncomfortable because he really wanted to be a girl gets to make the whole girls locker room uncomfortable because he’s now in there with them.

Do parents want their daughters to be forced to change next to a boy just because he feels he should be a girl?

It’s just plain stupid.

8 Ted K., SuperMax January 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

California’s stupidity at its best put forth by that clitoriphobic, penilsophic idiot named Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).

9 Steve January 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I know how 14 year old boys think; I don’t want them anywhere close to my girls in high school let alone in their locker rooms. Why are we catering to a small population while violating the privacy of the majority? We should make those signing these law have to be affected by them. Put their daughter in the shower with a fourteen year old boy and see how they feel about it. Just remember if there is a “natural” reaction by the boy, it is only “natural” and your daughter can get the morning after pill over the counter without your permission at any age. It is just all natural.

10 YOU Voted For IT January 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

“How did Bonilla and DeSaulnier vote on this?”

Well Lets see, Assembly Bill No. 1266 Author Ammiano
Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs.

CA State Senate 07/03/2013 DeSaulnier voted for.
CA State Assembly 05/09/2013 Bonilla voted for.

Some sites to bookmark, last two … take a look … Searching for bills

11 Almondgirl January 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

This is CRAZY!!
This political correctness is getting out of hand.

12 Jerk January 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

My original comment didn’t make it, I’ll tone it down – Take your Kids OUT OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS. Problem Solved.

13 bumper morgan January 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Wait until the first sexual assault occurs, because of this nonsense. And it WILL occur. But, the media in California will under report it, or mot report it at all, as it conflicts with their controlling-progressive agenda.

14 Safety Second January 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PEOPLE, our whore/career politicians keep fooling you with this feel-good legislation, while Rome (i.e. California) burns. We have nearly $1trillion in unfunded pension plans and Democrat controlled cities continue to rot (2 murders last night in Oakland). The voters of California are absolute idiots!

15 Frank C. January 1, 2014 at 11:16 AM

And you know both Bonilla and DeSaulnier will get re-elected.

16 Atticus Thraxx January 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

So ,do they put urinals in the girl’s bathroom now? Life is getting complicated.

17 Kirkwood January 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM


18 mutts January 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Oh, swell, let’s not forget leaving the toilet seat up.
Have a pecker, then go to boys bathroom. STUPID liberals. Just heterophobic.

19 Miguel January 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I’m glad I don’t have any daughters in school. I wouldn’t want them to have to deal with this.

This law doesn’t make any sense.

20 Not Worth it January 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

An democrats in state legislature are totally baffled when parents put their kids in private schools or move out of the state.

What’s next public buildings with three bathrooms men, women and confused.

21 Up to my elbows January 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

This law demonstrates the absolute stupidity and feel good “shoot from the hip” thought process of progressive liberals. Lets say a girl is in the boys bathroom and sees a penis. Now she reports that the boy showed his penis to her on purpose. He now becomes a sex criminal. WTF

22 Connie Dobbs January 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

#5, Exactly right. And if they don’t like it. it’s because they’re homophobic and hate children. Enjoy the society you have created.

23 happy January 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Aren’t there far more pressing problems in the state than this?

24 Futurama January 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Never ceases to amaze me, doesn’t seem like any one in the area really pays attention to anything, just a bunch of donkeys and elephants blaming each other for crapping all over floor. If you don’t like animal poop don’t let them into your house.

25 ClayDen January 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

This proves that we have a state legislature of idiots continually elected by morons. Or is it morons elected by idiots? Or “progressives” elected by idiots? Or………. This ensures the continued success of Carondelet and De La Salle.

26 Anonymous January 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

DeSaulnier and Bonilla should be ashamed of themselves.They dont represent us, they represent San Francisco

27 Apathy Has It's Reward January 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

“And you know both Bonilla and DeSaulnier will get re-elected.”

When people take more time setting up their DVR TV recording schedule than they do researching candidates and ballot measures you end up with what we’re living thru. You get people passing laws that “think” they are God’s gift to society and have the right to Plan your life.

An it doesn’t matter to them if you don’t like it, besides so few of you have ever bothered to communicate to them what you want them to do. So they listen and cater to the needs of those who have contributed money to their campaigns.

Both voted for AB-1266. Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs. Did they make an effort to ask you what you thought of the idea before they voted?

Bonilla and DeSaulnier both voted to shove their prison over crowding problem down to the county level, AB-109 their easier softer way. Which is going to end up in the long term costing you with higher property crime rates and to build more County jail space, most County jails are maxed out. They end up releasing parole violators and misdemeanor criminals Long before their sentences are up. Where’s the deterrence to committing further crimes?

Turned County Jails into revolving doors.

28 nytemuvr January 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

@I wish they had this when I was in school #1
At Concord High, when it was new, they used to leave the skylights on the roof partially open to the girls locker room. Took them a couple of years to figure it out….I remember hearing from friends, I’d never do that at that age…..

29 SB 323 January 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

This is not the only Bill that deals with what sexual identity is as determined by Sacramento.

Take a look at what was delayed from the legislature due to missing one vote to pass.

While originally aimed at the Boy Scouts, it actually has about 20 youth groups listed in the bill to remove their 501C(3) tax exempt status unless they send a letter to the board of equalization accepting this bills definition of sexual identity. Specifically included in those 20 some groups, is the Special Olympics.

I have posted this request before. Is there a lawyer out there that can explain why unless they are an emancipated minor, no minor can legally change their name or sex without their parents permission, by means of a court of law? Even the schools are not allowed to alter the students records to reflect their “transgender identity” based upon this new law.

This bill allows a Kindergarten child to identify themselves as transgender.

Come on, 4 & 5 year olds and the Special Olympics?

We clammer all the time about the “Special Interest” groups, such as the unions, controlling the elected officials in Sacramento. When will we realize the LGBT Organizations are such a group when they push issues like this on the 98.5% in favor of the .15% through a legislation process rather than the Amendment process. Are these the same groups pushing for the refusal signatures submitted on time in Tulare County who closed their office EARLY the day they were brought in and refused to accept them in the mailroom, or the officials in Mono County who claimed they were late, even though there were delivered by courier on a Saturday, 24 hours before the deadline?

At least BART was just about money, while these actions are an attack on anyone who differs with their efforts on the privacy of our children.

30 IEatBabyUnicorns January 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Better quit complaining and find yourself a minority group to associate yourself with. Being a heterosexual white male doesn’t count either due to the fact that any opinion you may have is racist/homophobic/hate speech.

31 Antler January 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Well, I am a non-homophobic liberal who does not like this law at all. It’s going to “creep out” (and potentially endanger) a lot of young women when a person with male “attributes” walks into their restroom. And it’s really scary what could happen if a female who fancies herself being male…..walks into the men’s room.

I hope there are enough signatures to get the repeal referendum placed on the ballot.

32 SB 323 January 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

@ ClayDen #25

When Carondelet and De La Salle play sports or have any reason to be in the public schools that they already do, they will have comply with this law at those public facilities when visiting for those students from that school who choose to employ it.

What is not clear is whether they have to reciprocate.

33 jack farrell January 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

you seem to have left out all the boys and girls who like to do it with animals , how thoughtless of our inconsiderate politico`s

34 Anonymous January 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

DeSaulnier is a complete moron, but I thought Bonilla had some brains. Does she care about kids? No, only obeying the party and the unions.

35 Realist January 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

It’s a matter of time before some perverted young man, (i.e. 90% of them) takes advantage of this liberal progressive system to try and “get some”.

36 Man in Brown January 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

The kids already know, and for the most part, except these youth. I don’t think they will mind as much as their parents do. We are all different, tolerance and acceptance is innate. Fear and cruelty are learned, and mostly from elders.

37 It all started... January 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

When, we freed the slaves, gave Women
the vote, etc. it’s a strange new world out
there, and to some of us, some of you, will
never accept it.
Fear and Phobias,take a strong will to over

38 Ammiano for President January 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I love this guy

39 Anonamomma January 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

What’s next? NAMBLA?

40 Legislating Fewer Jobs January 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

“Why are we catering to a small population while violating the privacy of the majority?”

OH that’s simple because democrats in State Legislature are operating in their own cocoon up there in SAC. They do what party leadership tells them to do, and because voters can’t be bothered to check up on what they are actually doing. As for the media what few there are left working, have just about enough time to parrot the press releases GIVEN to them by democrats.

And if the people they supposedly represent aren’t interested enough to even care…. well think of it this way, what happens to a big group of 12 to 17 year olds with absolutely no ADULT supervision?

Basically a group of progressive liberal democrats in State Legislature with no adult supervision are running WILD doing whatever they want with a No Limit Credit card, you’re paying for.

This “law” is just another prime example of how out of touch they are with those they are supposed to represent and Your Gross Apathy.

41 Silva January 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I don’t care what consenting adults do in their own homes. It makes perfect sense to me that LGBTQ people should live and let live like everyone else. I don’t aprove of breaking any laws generaly speaking. This one takes the cake! It’s completely stupid.

42 Gus January 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Just curious how will the libs respond when the first girl gets teased in the boys room? Sex offender charges for all the 12 year old boys who snicker? They can have the cell next to the kid who said “bang bang” while making a finger gun.

Buy 2050 being aware of your own gender will be a hate crime.

43 Anon January 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Wait for all the assault cases, You can’t tell me a girl would go into the boys locker room? I know if she’s butch, she’ll think she can hang with the boys, and then the boys are like “if you think you’re a boy” let’s fight like boys . This is wrong on so many levels. And then the girls are gonna see the boy in their locker room/bathroom and wanna kick some sissy ass.

44 ClayDen January 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

@SB 323

I had not thought about that. Maybe in the future they will only play other private schools with the same views. I was thinking about the normal school day, including gym classes. Of course then there will probably be an ACLU lawsuit.

45 Not blind January 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Wow! seriously? The very few children that take advantage of this bill will have had years of therapy and be under a doctor’s care. Diagnosis comes after extensive testing and months or years of therapy. Documentation will be required. No punk-ass, hormonal kid will be allowed into the girls dressing room because of this bill. period. This is a very real condition which is completely anguishing for the families. We are all so afraid of things that are different than us, it is sad……

46 @32 January 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I’m “sure” the legislature carefully considered ALL the many various possibilities before they voted on the bill. ….. NOT

47 @38 January 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

OK now who’s going to pay for therapy needed for some students, that don’t have gender identity issues, traumatized as a result of being FORCED to be part of what this legislation mandates?

Look for schools withdrawing from leagues due to non participation by students. Believe it’s called a boycott, an almost Basic right of Americans.

48 @Not blind #45 January 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I think this law applies to anyone who self-identifies as trans-gendered; no therapy or doctor’s visits required. There have been several national stories over the past year or so of 5-6 year old children who “identify” as the opposite sex; and I remember one story of a couple who did not tell anyone the sex of their child, and that child is now 4-5 years old. Does he/she go into whichever bathroom he/she feels like, depending on thd day of the week?

Also, I believe this new law applies to sports teams. I don’t believe there is anything stopping a young man (other than possible ridicule and humiliation) from deciding to try out for the girls basketball team, and dominating. Seems to me that would be making a mockery of athletics.

49 You voted for it is right so now... January 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Now all you can do if you have a child in public school is go to and help them to fight it. There’s a form of “Reasonable expectation of Privacy” under the get help then for parents tabs. It’s not perfect but it does make your expectations for your child clear. SHARE the info, If enough of us turn it in, since it would apply to 98% of the child population maybe they will have to do something that makes more sense than this!! You can get info, I believe there’s a petition, there’s legal help/advice if your child has a problem.

This is ridiculous. And another reminder that elections have consequences! People WAKE UP! YOURE DOING THIS TO OUR STATE by continuing to vote for progressive Dems! You may not like some republicans, some of what they stand for but maybe you should start looking at some other ppl when you go to vote instead of these same leftists that are destroying our state!!!

50 Anonymous January 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Dear not blind. There is nothing in this law that mandates “Years of therapy” as you put it. The whole football team can simply declare themselves girls and use the girls locker room and showers and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Think it wont happen?

Thank you De Saulnier and Bonilla. Im sure your constituents feel well represented.

51 JRConcord January 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

What if little Johnny thinks he is a turtle named Pamela? What knid of infrastructure modifications are needed?
This is phucing stupid
Peace and Love

52 Chester E. Kitty January 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I’m speechless ….

53 VikingPrincess January 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I’m all for privacy.. ( even if NSA isn’t.. LOL). Looks like some schools don’t have to implement.

How many children are we talking about that this proposed law will support?

54 Anon January 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Thank goodness for the wonderful private schools in our area

55 ricardo January 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

It’s so simple. Just put an outhouse on campus and label it, transgender.

56 Janet White January 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM

People need to do some research on the issue of transgender children before spouting off with opinions when they have done little to no research on the issue. There are some wonderfully informative articles, books, and movies on the subject that may cause some to change their opinions. Instead, people put no time into understanding the subject and are content to post opinions based on no information. Here’s a link to an organization started by a very young girl who faced this challenge and chose to make positive changes in the face of hate and discrimination.

57 mika January 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

MDUSD–are you ready for this?

58 Silva January 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

@Janet White #56; I see what you mean. Thanks!

59 Redoubt January 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Who do we have to thank for minority rule?
I think the “mens,” “women’s,” and “confused”
idea sounds like the best idea.

60 Oh No January 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

This isn’t going to cut into the budget for the “everybody gets a trophy” program is it ?

61 Anonymous January 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Dear Janet White, most of us are not as smart or well read as you. I know that if a boy comes into my 14 year old daughters locker room that giving her a copy of your article isn’t going to help much.

But then , we are not as smart as you .speaking for me and several other posters we apologize for not being as well read as you or as open minded.

62 Frank C. January 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

@anonymous #50…

As Bonilla’s rep told me after a round of e-mails last year…… She represents her constituents “perfectly. ”

Obviously, those idiots haven’t idea as to the definition of “representation.”

But then, we need to consider the mentality of those who elected her and Marky…..

63 Frank C. January 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

@happy 23…

There are more pressing problems….. But that means taking action, which the dems are incapable of….

Of course, that means the voters need to think for themselves……which I don’t see happening…

64 Tree Farm January 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

64 responses and 2 are in favor of this. Sounds like the constituency has spoken!

California, the land of fruits and nuts….

65 eyewhen January 1, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Stupid Liberals pass laws in this state, Stupid conservatives post nonsense here!

66 Common Sense January 2, 2014 at 12:13 AM

What about everybody else’s rights not to share a locker room with the opposite gender because of “how they define themselves”?

67 Frank C. January 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM


And “passing laws” equals progress?

Would you want your daughter in this position? With boys in the girls’ bathroom?

You are sick!

68 Anon January 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I’m going out on a limb here and stating that maybe the schools should be teaching reading, math and science.

69 Anonymous January 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

My New Years resolution is to tell everyone that Bonilla and Desaulnier voted for this when they weren’t busy taking money from the BART union.

70 nytemuvr January 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I would have never believed the world and especially the US would pass some of the laws like they did this year when I was growing up. And the situation of our country, it’s just crazy, some of the stupid laws now and all the political BS that goes on. This transgender proposition is ridicules. If I said what I really think about this subject, it wouldn’t be posted on this thread or any other. Literally, our country is going down the tubes monetarily and morality wise. I’m glad I didn’t have kids, I wouldn’t want to raise a kid if I knew it would be like this now and the way it’s heading. Had to get that off my chest, won’t happen again.

71 The Grant January 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

My wife and I are already looking at private schools for our daughter.

72 Idiocracy January 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I can’t believe this is something even worth addressing when our Country is broke and everyone is hurting financially from the greedy few that puppet our politicians like Sauron in Lord of the Rings. Im tired of Stupidity being rewarded! Im Tired of pointless laws that are enforced but Crucial Laws are forgotten. Its time we stopped voting for Dems here! It has failed!!! State is in debt, Illegals are clogging the hospitals, Citizens can’t find jobs easy, and the politicians are in bed with Corporations and special interest groups like the LTBG group of social outcasts who want your kids to grow up feeling awkward like they did. I get ppl want freedoms but you don’t achieve freedom by being obtuse and tyrannical ….

73 VDS January 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

My concern would be those transgenders who go into an all male locker room & what if the males decide to be aggressive?? And those transgenders, who may or may not be, going into an all girls bathroom to take advantage of the law just to sneak a peek, as someone else already mentioned. Who will be there to make sure nothing happens in either place & that all is legit? I certainly hope there will be some security measures. Sounds outrageous I’m sure but in today’s society, it’s not so easily accepted by all. I am one who believes everyone is entitled to live the life they choose. Unfortunately, that is not the same belief held by all Americans (young & old). We all here about all the bullying stories out there & just concerned for the safety of all.

74 mtzman January 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

It’s hard to believe the number of ill-informed, inaccurate and downright stupid responses here. All the law does is codify pragtices that have been going on for years at schools throughout California. Girls have been allowed to play “boys” sports for a long time and every year there is a newspaper story about some girl playing on the football team. Boys have also been allowed to play “girls” sports, too, and every year … well you never read stories because even though legal it just doesn’t happen. Schools also make accommodations for transgendered students and have for years but you don’t hear about it because it is relatively rare and not a problem for students or anyone else if they even know about it. So get over it people …

75 Frank C. January 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

@mtzman #74…

Does a lot more than that!

76 mtzman January 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

@Frank C. #75, like what? Have you even read the actual text of the law?

77 mika January 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Does the transgender need to provide a certified diagnosis from a doctor? What happens if the girls don’t want to change with a boy in the locker room? How will this affect NCS/CIF sports ? MDUSD must busy trying to figure All this out. MAybe. . .

78 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I’m with your gays. I with your lesbians. Heck, I got room for your bi-sexualists. But I’m not buying off on this transgender hoopla.
Comes a point you cannot move the mass of society to account for the desires a statistically insignificant portion of our population. Unless they’re rich.
Vote accordingly, says I.

79 Frank C. January 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

@76 – Yes I’ve read it. Have you?

There’s a difference between participating on coed teams and using each other’s’ pfacilities.

80 Frank C. January 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM


What the law is allowing has NOT been going on for years!

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