California Assembly Passes Transgender Equality Bills

California Assembly Passes Transgender Equality Bills

California’s State Assembly passed two bills yesterday that would give transgender Californians rights and protections both in schools and the courthouse.

AB 1266 prohibits would prohibit discrimination against transgender students in every public school district. The bill would “require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities including athletic teams and competitions.” The bill also requires public schools to allow facilities, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, to be used “consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

AB 1121 would make it easier for transgender people to amend their birth certificate with an affidavit from a physician and without a court order.

“[The bill] provides transgender people with a simple, inexpensive and private process for changing their names and documents to be consistent with their gender identity,” Assembly member Toni Atkins, co-sponsor of the bill, said. “I am grateful for the support of my Assembly colleagues for this modest reform that will make a big difference to transgender people’s quality of life and personal safety.”

Both bills, which passed largely on party lines, will now to go the California Senate, where Democrats are likely to push the items toward passage.

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