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TRANSformation In California’s Educational System

By Stephfon Guidry

CA Gov. Brown Joins Hundreds Of Scientists Calling For Action On Climate ChangeCalifornia ever the state of progression and equality now steps into a new TRANSformation within its educational system. Bill 1266 allows transgendered students K-12 the ability to choose their own locker room/restroom and participate any sport under the protection of the law was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Colorado and Washington are not far behind this legislation but have not addressed this issue on a statewide basis. The bill, AB1266, will take in to effect on January 1, 2014 mid-school year.

The battle for equality is not over while the opposition vehemently speaks out on their internet platforms. Randy Thomasson of savecalifornia.com told FoxNews.com, “This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams and biological girls in boys restrooms, showers, clubs and sports teams, this is Insanity.” Other conservatives voiced their concerns saying that legislation like this could be damaging to the majority of children in schools. But truly is this an issue of comforting the majority or the oppressed minority?

Governor Brown is being held in high esteem by the California LGBTQ community as the news of this decision spreads. In an email Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center writes, “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” (HuffingtonPost.com) The political climate in the U.S. is finally making definitive leaps and bounds of equitable change for the LGBTQ community let’s hope the government can #KeepItCurrent and show the world that being who you are is beautiful.

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