California’s Assembly Bill 1266 For Transgender Student Rights Signed By Governor Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking bill which will allow transgender youth to use whatever bathroom and participate on whichever sports team they believe matches their gender identity.

As the Associated Press reported last month, California’s Assembly Bill 1266 gives students in public K-12 schools the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities” based on their self-perception, regardless of their birth gender. Although Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington and Colorado have adopted policies designed to protect transgender students, California becomes the first state to address the issue with a statewide law, Fox News pointed out.

News of Brown’s Aug. 12 signing was confirmed in an email to HuffPost Gay Voices from Mark Snyder of the Transgender Law Center.

Scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, AB1266 was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and passed the California State Senate and Assembly earlier this summer, according to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

Meanwhile, Brown’s move quickly drew praise from the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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