Referendum advances to repeal bathroom bill

Referendum advances to repeal bathroom bill

Organized and run by Privacy for All Students, a potential  referendum, if approved by California voters, would repeal AB 1266, commonly known as the transgender school bathroom bill.220px-Toilets_unisex.svg

By Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, AB 1266’s language says “that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

The bill was co-authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Leno explained the need for the bill to AP:

“There should be certainty that every kid has the chance to go to school and be treated equally and fairly. We know that these particular students suffer much abuse and bullying and denigration. We can’t change that overnight, but what we can do is make sure that the rules are such that they get a fair shake.”

And AP reported on a statement emailed by the Transgender Law Center. In it, 16-year-old transgender boy Ashton Lee said:

“I just want to be treated the same as all the other boys, but my school forces me to take P.E. in a class of all girls and live as someone I’m not. I can’t learn and succeed when every day in that class leaves me feeling isolated and alone.”

Signatures

If the 620,000 signatures just turned for the initiative qualify the referendum for the ballot, it will be voted on during the next general election in Nov. 2014.

“This is a win for the people,” said Karen England, Executive Director of the Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative think tank, and the co-chairwoman of the Privacy for All Students referendum.

Privacy for All Students is a coalition of parents, students, nonprofit and faith groups who launched the referendum effort to give voters the right to decide whether to accept AB 1266, which would inevitably transform intimate school facilities such as showers, bathrooms and locker rooms, according to England.

The law would allow transgender students to self-identify as transgender, in order to use school bathrooms and try out for sports teams of their chosen gender, even if that differs from what’s stated on their birth certificates.

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“We had under 80 days to do this,” England said. “This is a new way of doing things, which may be how our founding fathers intended.”

England said she had so much support for the signature gathering. “We had a fellow in Reedly, CA who collected 2,000 signatures,” she said. “We had people who drove for hours to deliver only a few signatures, and hundreds of signatures. The Calvary Chapel church in Chino Hills delivered 46,000 signatures! Sadly, it’s clear, most politicians don’t care. It does take the people.”

England said a change of the magnitude of AB 1266 would cause chaos and confusion in the state’s public schools.

England said there was also huge support coming from Chinese churches in the San Francisco Bay area. “People drove more than five hours round trip to deliver their collected signatures,” she said.

Privacy violations for 99.7 percent

“We’re not going to stand by and let 99.7 percent of our students lose their privacy and free speech rights just because 0.3 percent of the population are gender-confused,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute.

Specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties, the non-profit Pacific Justice Institute works without charge, to provide its clients.

“LGBT activists are sacrificing the safety and sanity of children in our schools to push an extreme political agenda,” Dacus said. “This battle is no longer confined to California or Colorado, where we have another case; it is spreading to every part of the nation. It is crucial that we act now to prevent a crippling blow to our constitutional freedoms.”

If allowed go into effect, AB 1266 would deprive non-transgender students in public schools of their privacy rights and affect girls’ rights to participate in sports, Dacus explained. “Case law firmly establishes that we as Americans have the right to privacy, under the Constitution,” said Dacus. “This case is irrefutably self-evident.”

Privacy is especially sensitive to students during the pre-teen and teenage years. “A 12- or 14-year-old girl should have a right to change clothes and shower in a locker room, without having a 14-year old boy showering and changing his clothes next to her,” Dacus said. “Outside of rape, this is the greatest violation of individual privacy imaginable. Yet it is exactly what was legislated and mandated to occur, under the pretext of a boy who, in his mind, thinks he’s a girl.”

“The Legislature could have passed something compassionate and supportive for gender-confused children, to help resolve the underlying issues for dysphoria,” Dacus said. “Instead, this law ties the hands of parents, school officials, and psychologists, in how gender confusion is addressed. It’s anti-transgender.”

Defending AB 1266

NBC Bay Area profiled one teen who backs the bill:

“Kane Atticus Tajnai lived as Kathryn Amanda for 16 years before coming out to his family as a transgender teen.

“Kane, now a senior at Gunderson High School in San Jose, said he never felt completely comfortable — not just with being identified as a girl, but about labels in general. For Kane, the labels on the bathroom doors at school were some of the hardest to face. He wanted to go into the boys’ room, but felt obligated to go into the girls’ bathroom.

“So he tried not to go at all….

“As for Kane, changing in the boys’ locker room and using the boys’ bathroom at school has not resulted in any problems.

“He believes this new law has the power to save lives. He remembers his worst nights, feeling desperate and alone, and though he sometimes still has emotional struggles, he feels much freer — a feeling he hopes others in his shoes can also experience. With that, he had a question for the opponents of AB 1266.

“’Don’t I deserve the same safety at school and same comfort level at school, that all the other students do?’ he said.”

Parents mad at the mainstream media

Karen England said hundreds of the Privacy for All Students volunteers told her they were angry with the mainstream media for not highlighting the seriousness of Ammiano’s bill. “People from all over the state said they heard little or nothing about AB 1266,” England said. “They were outraged when they realized the law had passed, and asked me, ‘what was Jerry Brown thinking?’ This referendum protects all students, including girls who don’t want to go the bathroom with a boy in the next bathroom stall.”

“A referendum is hard, and it should be,” England added. “This has cost $500,000, of which $300,000 has gone to paid petition gatherers. The rest is a massive grass roots organization.” In recent years, paid petition-gathering has cost about $2 million for a statewide initiative. So the low cost of this campaign shows the grassroots effect.

“This has been a huge battle,” England said. “Democratic politicians need take note — the sleeping giant in California is going to wake up.”

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 18 November, 2013, 11:38

    You know, as nutty and as bizarre as California politics are, I never imagined in my lifetime that I would be casting a ballot to strike down a CA law that allows boys (XY-types) under the authority of the State to lawfully enter and use the girl’s (XX-types) restrooms and shower rooms. I just never thought it would deteriorate to such an extent in my lifetime. Our forefathers and mothers must be laughing hysterically at what we’ve turned into. Look at all the money and time it has taken (and will take) to get this referendum to ballot. Look at the distraction it has caused when there are so many critical matters that this State must address and solve so that our young and future generations avoid living their lives in chaos. When this repeal proposal finally goes to ballot it will pass by a margin of 80/20 or more.

    If we had a responsible State legislature (which we don’t) it would reconvene and repeal this law in-house to avoid our State becoming a spectacle and laughing-stock as November draws closer. Also, it would save us million’s of dollars necessary to put this referendum on the ballot.

    The last paragraph mentioned that the parents are angry at the media for being so silent about this new law as it gained momentum in the State legislature and failing to fulfill their obligation to keep the people fully informed of this incredible government circus-act. Now that doesn’t surprise me one bit. Can you say “Wall Street/government corruption” or “ObamaCare”? Unfortunately, much of today’s media has become the propoganda arm of our government. Mencken must be fuming in his grave.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul.
    Ulysses Uhaul. 18 November, 2013, 18:22

    Collapse….it could get worse for you…..just a heads up bro.

    We can package a real private off season move package for you and yours.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 18 November, 2013, 20:30

    Not for me, Ulysses. I don’t have a daughter getting ready to attend a California public high school who would be at risk for XY’s gawking at her naked in the shower room after gym class. If I were I might take you up on that offer. But my heart goes out to all those fathers with adolescent daughters who might find themselves in that predicament. You should put out a public service announcement to offer your help. It’s a very sick state. And the sickness can be contagious. The weak are particularly vulnerable. Just a head’s up.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 November, 2013, 09:55

    Collapse…..

    Do you really believe women teachers will stand by and let perversion occur in the name of PC.

    This law is self correcting or we face Sodom and Gomorrah mores in public schools.

    Stop worry. …

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 19 November, 2013, 11:28

    Ulysses, I and many others have very little trust in the Ca public school system, the teacher’s union or the Ca state legislature when it comes to protecting the safety of the students. I say this based on the facts of the investigation surrounding former 30-year Miramonte elementary teacher and now convicted pedophile, Mark Bernt. The story is so repulsive that I can’t even bring myself to discuss the details. Sorry. If you’re interested go read it yourself. You have more faith in the system than I do. By the time a “law is self-correcting” there is the potential for tremendous damage. The teachers always use the mantra “we need to protect the children” when they want more money. But Miramonte tells us the other side to the story.

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul.
    Ulysses Uhaul. 19 November, 2013, 14:23

    Yourmay be unsalvageable Collapse…..you gotta dig deep to see the good in teachers…I hope.

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  7. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 19 November, 2013, 16:53

    Unsalvagable? For providing opinions based on facts? I realize that it’s really uncomfortable for the average commoner to accept truth in an era of deception that’s promoted by even from the highest office in the land. But please. Don’t crucify the messenger. God help us when the truth becomes unsalvagable.

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 November, 2013, 10:16

    Misinformation is dangerous. The gullible have no defense. Their minds ruined…..sad….pity.

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