Opponents of transgender law seek repeal

November 12, 2013 - By Adam O'Neal

Privacy for all students logoA coalition of conservative groups, collectively known as Privacy for all Students, has submitted more than 600,000 petition signatures to get an initiative to repeal a law that grants certain rights to transgendered students in California.

AB 1266—which was passed in the Assembly in May and the Senate in July—was signed into law by Gov. Brown three months ago. The legislation would “require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities…and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” In short, the law enables a child that is biologically one gender but identifies as another to play sports and use bathrooms with others of the gender that he (or she) identifies as.

The law’s goal is to reduce discrimination against transgendered children in California schools, but the law was met with opposition from many parents who felt that it violated their own children’s rights. They argue that the law puts their own child’s privacy, and possibly safety, at risk. For example, a boy who identifies as a girl could cause confusion—or discomfort—for girls by using the women’s restroom.

Executive director of Equality California John O’Connor, whose organization played a role in the passage of the law, told the AP that “[p]rotecting this law is our number one priority, and we will put everything we’ve got into it.”

Although opponents garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures, they’re not quite there yet. A report from the AP summarizes how the challenge is coming along:

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted. To verify the signatures are real, each of California’s 58 counties will first check that the count is correct, then conduct a random sampling of signatures to make sure they are legitimate. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review to ensure the integrity of the signatures.

If, after all of the reviews, the group has the requisite number of valid signatures, the initiative would qualify for the ballot.

TIME has identified the dispute at the heart of the challenge, the definition of gender:

A more fundamental point of contention is whether gender is a flexible social construct or a fixed fact. “We introduce this concept called gender identity and I don’t have any idea what that is,” [consultant Frank] Schubert says. “You can change your appearance, you can change your presentation. You cannot change your gender.” Ashton Lee, a transgender student in California who has become an outspoken advocate for the law, describes being transgender as trying to match his body to what he feels in his heart and mind. “There are some people who are confused by the idea,” he says, “and there are some people who are unwilling to accept the idea.”

The proposition is almost certain to end up on the ballot in 2014.

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Comments(10)
  1. LetitCollapse says:

    This convinces me that the walls inside the state legislative chambers shoudl be padded.

    All of us are born with a certain chromazonal mixture. And nothing…… absolutely nothing concocted by man can alter that. You can sew up one area of your body, or you can cut off a certain body part, or you can even attach an artificial component in attempt to fool mother nature. But chromazonally a man shall remain a man and a woman shall remain a woman. That can’t be changed now and it’s difficult to imagine how it could ever get changed in the future by mortal men. Wearing a hairpiece, changing a hairstyle, applying make-up, taking hormones, wearing a dress or a pair of work boots with a flannel shirt may make one feel more feminize or masculine – but the (XX) and (XY) chromazone mixture remains constant. This is unfortunate for men who want to be women and for women who want to be men. And I sympathize with them. I do. But what is, is.

    Parents have a right to be concerned when boys who dress like girls are allowed, by law, to use the girl’s restroom at school or to use the girl’s shower room at the school gym. Come on. This is like watching a Gene Wilder / Richard Pryor movie in real life.

    And now tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars being spent putting this crazy law on the ballot that will certainly get shot down by a margin of 80/20.

    God help us.

  2. Queeg says:

    Now a morals cop…..WHEN WILL THE EPISTLES END!

  3. LetitCollapse says:

    “Morals cop”?

    You mean parents protesting humans with an (XY) chromazone combination being allowed by the authority of the state to enter the school’s gym shower room assigned to those born the (XX) chromazone combination and peering at their naked daughters?

    It would be immoral for parents not to protect their offspring against violations of public decency. The immorality eminates from Sacramento. And that has been proven on so many levels. But admittedly, this is a brand new low. I think they’ve hit bottom. But then I thought that 2 years ago too. If the shock factor in Sacramento had a Richter scale rating it would be up around a 9 pointer. They’ve made us the laughing stock of the nation in so many ways.

  4. Queeg says:

    Collapse get out your “repent” signs and hit the Sacramento bricks…..OR

    A patient doomer would wait for the forthcoming bathroom scrapping and obligatory beatings stories…..to drive out the devils in our midst. ….this nut legislation is self correcting!

  5. LetitCollapse says:

    Coming attractions to California?

    Perhaps a new state holiday: Transgender Appreciation Day.

    Alter your appearance to that of the opposite gender and legally use the restroom or enter bathing facilities that do not conform with your biological (XX) or (XY) status.

    Wheeeeee!!!

  6. WeinerSpitzer says:

    Wouldnt it have been easier to provide a third dressing room and bathroom for gender challenged people? What about the rights and feelings of the people who are male and think and feel like males? And the same for women? Such a small percentage of the population who feels like they are something in somethings elses body could surely have been accomodated without a law…

    • SeeSaw says:

      You just put forth a sensible suggestion, and you did it without being bigoted–take note, LIC.

      • LetitCollapse says:

        SS, there’s nothing bigoted about wanting to keep men (XY’s) out of women’s (XX’s) shower rooms. Civilized people around the world are in favor of it. Just because an XY dresses like an XX and applies some makeup it does not make him an XX. Only a lib would accuse someone who wants to keep men out of women’s restrooms and women out of men’s restrooms as being ‘bigoted’. More signs of the continuing decline.

  7. LetitCollapse says:

    So what do you do when people claim to be canines trapped in human bodies? Equip all break areas with artificial fire hydrants?

    The great historian and philosopher, Will Durant, once said:

    “Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.”

  8. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    That’s good Collapse……..brief…succinct…..pithy……a budding philosopher

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