Tuesday, August 13, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first statewide transgender rights law for K-12 students on Monday. The law, called the School Success and Opportunity Act (California Assembly Bill 1266), requires public schools to allow transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms that they wish to use and to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports. The law also allows transgender students ‘‘to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities’’ regardless of their birth gender. A legislative spokesman told the Associated Press that California’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, has had such a policy similar to the new law for a decade and has reported no problems. Hundreds of other schools in California have also adopted policies protecting transgender students’ rights.