This month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to allow transgender students to choose which restroom to use and whether they prefer to join the girls' or boys' athletics teams. AB 1266 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) clarifies the legal obligation of California schools to integrate transgender students into every aspect of schooling according to their gender identity, treating transgender boys and girls the same as all other boys and girls.
CTA supports the bill because educators see, first hand, the often humiliating experiences transgender students endure. Transgender students who are denied access to a restroom appropriate to their gender identity often report they avoid using school restrooms at all, which not only places students' health at risk, but also significantly interferes with the their ability to learn.
Educators believe all school districts, not just Los Angeles and San Francisco where they currently allow student choice, must reinforce policies and procedures to ensure gender equity and awareness in all aspects of schooling. All students need these opportunities and the chance to fully participate and succeed in school.