SACRAMENTO – California legislators have passed a bill that would force public schools to allow gender-confused youth to choose whether they would like to use the boys or girls restrooms and locker rooms based on their â€œgender identity.â€
If signed by the governor, AB 1266 would also let students who believe they are the opposite sex participate in sex-segregated activities, including sports teams. The new law would apply to students in elementary, middle and high school.
â€œAs a society, we know we must protect children from harm, but this law is in direct violation of this principle,â€ said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). â€œThese politicians have disregarded the safety and privacy of all children, in exchange for appeasing the vocal LGBT lobby.â€
PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds sent a letter this spring to the state Assembly urging lawmakers to reject the bill.
Among the legislationâ€™s â€œmany shortcomings,â€ he writes, is the complete disregard for the privacy of students who are not transgender or gender-questioning.
â€œThese students (and their parents) have reasonable expectations that they will not be forced to share intimate spaces with members of the opposite biological and anatomical gender,â€ McReynolds continues. â€œThere are no safeguards whatsoever in the legislation that would allow responsible adults, including coaches, teachers, chaperones, school administrators and others to act in the best interests of all students.â€
The legislation will harm children.
â€œEven the most liberal politician should see that allowing boys and girls as young as five, or as astute as 17, to be able to pick and choose which genderâ€™s bathroom to use is outrageous.â€