California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday that will allow students to choose to use a schoolâ€™s boys or girls bathroom and locker rooms based on whichever gender they believe they are.
The state is the first in the country to pass such a law. Students will also be allowed to participate in sex-segregated activities, including sports teams. It applies to public school students in elementary, middle and high school.
â€œThis law takes away studentsâ€™ privacy rights, puts our children at risk, and limits the authority of local school districts,â€ said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute, a pro-family group in Sacramento. â€œAB 1266 does not require proof for students who claim to have gender identity issues â€” school administrators will have to take the child on his or her word when they want to use the facilities of the opposite sex.â€
And the law provides absolutely no safety measures to protect students who may be harmed by the policy.
â€œDistricts will have lawsuits coming from both sides because schools have no authority to fully protect the majority of students,â€ England explained.
Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, said the firm will not shy away from standing up for those affected by the policy.
â€œWe at Pacific Justice Institute stand ready and willing to defend anyone who will be victimized as a result of this new law,â€ he said. â€œThat includes someone whose privacy rights are violated in the bathroom, in the locker room, in the showers, or someone who is prevented from playing on a sports team because someone from the opposite gender took their place.â€
This legislation was never about helping students, England said.
â€œIt is about furthering the radical lesbian, bisexual, and transgender agenda,â€ she explained. â€œThe homosexual activists are forcing San Francisco values on all California public schools at the expense of our most vulnerable â€” our children.â€