SACRAMENTO, CA, August 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed California's new 'transgender' law, making the state the fifth where it is legal for self-identifying “transgender” children to use bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, and changing rooms designated for children of the opposite biological sex.
"Now, every transgender student in California will be able to get up in the morning knowing that when they go to school as their authentic self they will have the same fair chance at success as their classmates,” said Mason Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center.
But Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, disagrees. He told LifeSiteNew.com that parents “should be outraged at the prospect of biological males sharing restrooms and locker rooms with their daughters, and competing with daughters in sports events."
Sprigg said he found it “bizarre” that some people have decided that “when a person's subjective feelings or emotions” are in conflict with the biological reality of their sex, “we should treat the subjective feelings as being what defines someone's identity.”
"What is especially shocking with AB 1266, however, is that California already has a law barring ‘discrimination’ based on ‘gender identity,’” he added.
“[T]only purpose of this added law is to assure that the law does, in fact, apply to the most extreme possible applications--the use of facilities segregated by sex, such as restrooms, locker rooms, and showers; and programs segregated by sex because of the biological differences between the sexes, such as sports.”
The new law affects more than 6.2 million K-12 students in the state.
“California parents are appalled that Governor Jerry Brown has again attacked the sensibilities of parents and the innocence of children,” SaveCalfornia.com, a pro-family advocacy group, stated.
The passage of AB 1226 was preceded by a settlement won by a young girl, who was granted permission to use the boys’ facilities, play on all-boys teams and stay overnight in hotel rooms with boys during field trips. The incoming freshman says she believes she is a boy trapped in a boy’s body but has female reproductive organs.
The girl’s parents filed a discrimination lawsuit after the school district forbade her from sleeping in a hotel room with boys without a chaperone on two occasions.
The Obama administration intervened and pressured the school district into the settlement and change of policy, saying that failure to do so constitutes sexual discrimination against “students who do not conform to sex stereotypes.”
Parents worry specifically about these sorts of scenarios. “Not only is transsexuality unnatural and unhealthy, AB 1266 also opens the door to fraud because there are porn-influenced boys who will try to see girls partially or fully naked by declaring themselves 'female' for the day,” SaveCalifornia said.
California follows Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington in passing such a law.