California bill will allow transgender students to pick which restrooms they use

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. ( –  State lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would require California’s public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.

According to, while some school districts around the country have implemented similar policies, the bill’s author says AB1266 would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment in statute.

The bill would give youths the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities” based on their self-perception, regardless of their birth gender.

It sparked an impassioned debate on the Senate floor Wednesday about when transgender students’ right to expression might conflict with other students’ discomfort and right to privacy.

Opponents say the state is going too far.

The bill comes weeks after the Colorado Civil Rights Division sided with Coy Mathis and her family in a discrimination complaint against Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.

The Mathis’ 6-year-old daughter was born a boy, but will now have the right to choose which bathroom the shes uses at school in the state of Colorado. Previously, Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain had refused the 6-year-old’s request to use the girls bathroom.

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