Schools work to follow new transgender law
by Michael Langley
Aug 23, 2013 | 5195 views | 16 16 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A new California law allows boys from kindergarten to 12th grade to play on girls sports teams and use the girls restroom, if they identify as female.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 1266, requiring California school districts to allow students to participate in sports and use bathroom facilities based upon their gender identity, not the gender on their official records.

Tracy Unified School District is working to figure out what the new law means for its students.

A written statement released Tuesday, Aug. 20, by the district states that administrators "are developing an implementation plan that includes educating our staff and community and ensuring current policies are in line with the bill."

The TUSD statement also made it clear the district is looking at what it needs to do "to preserve the privacy rights of all our students."

Press requests for information from Jefferson and Lammersville school districts received no response.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano authored AB 1266 and introduced it in February. The bill passed in the Assembly on May 9 with 46 yes votes and 25 no votes. AB 1266 was passed by the Senate on July 3, 21-9.

Contact Michael Ellis Langley at 830-4231 or mlangley@tracypress.com.

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onegendered
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September 03, 2013
If you consider this bill as ludicrous as many go to Privacy for All Students and sign an official state Referendum petition to place this on the next ballot. 505,000 voter signatures are needed by early November. Thank you for listening and acting!
CJSG
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August 27, 2013
Once this takes full effect you're going to see lots of parents pulling their kids from school and homeschooling or private schools and TUSD is going to lose a lot of money as well as other school districts.
Macpup
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August 27, 2013
Parents need to attend the TUSD Board meetings and join your school's parent group, to see how this new law is going to be implemented or not. If you sit on the sidelines, they get the control.
lovin'life
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August 27, 2013
Well said Macpup.
lovin'life
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August 24, 2013
Why don't they just do away with multi-stall bathrooms and then only one person can go in at a time. That would solve everything.

Once a girl gets tackled enough by a 300 pound dude and ends us severely injured she should have to make a public apology to the school for putting them in legal jeopardy for thinking she was able to keep up with the big dogs. And when these girls do start playing, they should be forced to sign that the school is in no way responsible for any injuries that take place.
fortheunderdog
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August 24, 2013
I would not mind transgender students using whichever bathroom they're associating with as long as they have started the medical process of change. By that I mean, counseling, pharmaceutical, etc. Not necessarily the surgical procedure. And all this should be shown to TUSD officials that the process has begun.
Pandabear19
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August 24, 2013
I have read the comments so far and find these hilarious. Bathrooms for different genders are kind of silly. This WHOLE problem could be solved IF every toilet had their own stall with a door. Not just a flimsy door, but the kind at the Olive Garden in Tracy. I feel very secluded in those stalls. So after you've built these brand new, state of the art stalls, you then take away the boy/girl signs on the bathroom door and oh my gosh, you have normal toilets! Could you almost believe they are like the ones you have at home! It's a novel idea but America is SO democratic I'm sure they could vote it in. Believe it or not some kindergarten classes already practice SHARING ONE toilet with the WHOLE class. I currently live in Germany and there is no separate bathroom for boys and girls in the Kindergarten I work at.

Bird Man,

A girl already played football on an all male team at West High.Have you ever heard of Solveigh Barnes?I spelled it wrong, I'm sure.

I'm more worried about the transgender kids BECAUSE of the negativity I've seen here.What is to stop a bunch of transgender-bashing-guys from beating up a guy that identifies as a girl or a bunch of mean girls ruining another's life?
TracyCAcommuter
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August 23, 2013
Just in case anyone wants to know who voted this in:

Sentae: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45481?s=party#.UhfsV6yCWqU

Assembly: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44309?s=party#.Uhfs6qyCWqU

As you go down the list, you will see that every YES vote is from a Democrat, and not a SINGLE yes vote is from a Republican
ganthony
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August 23, 2013
This law demonstrate how mess up our state government is. Also, the homosexual lobby have master minded the approach of school indoctrination of our children. I thought kids went to schools to learn primarily English, Math, Science. Problem is the majority of us are quiet and intimidated by the few. Our "leaders" have no common sense any longer. If you disagree with this and other sick laws, never vote again for the fools that push this law .... sick, sick, sick!!! Tracy USD have wisdom in implementing this law, otherwise, expect lawsuits that will bankrupt the local system.
rickie322
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August 23, 2013
ok let's say there are girls taking a shower and a guy hell bent of getting in to gawk or sexually take advantage of one of these girls. what is in place to keep the pervert from dressing up like a transgender and going in to peep or worse raping some girl? especially when there might only be a couple girls or one girl in that restroom or locker room?
Bird_Man
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August 23, 2013
From a pure health and safety perspective... Let's say a young lady, that identifies as a young man, is determined to join the football team.

Let's say that she either 1) has talent and can actually make a legitimate cut based on basic skills alone, or 2) the district is too afraid of potential litigation and just tells the coaches to put the young lady on the roster. What will happen if or when she is horribly injured. I hope that doesn't happen but a developing female body doesn't have the shear strength that matches that of young males.

What then? Has common sense taken a permanent vacation here in California?

Maybe I'm getting old and crusty.

lovin'life
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August 23, 2013
Well, my children have been clearly instructed on what to do if a anyone of opposite sex goes in the bathroom while they are in there (I know a women when I see one and I know a man when I see one no matter what disguise they try). They will stop Mid pee and leave to call me so I can pick them up. They will use no bathroom with anyone one this "confused". This is a huge problem/sexual harassment claim in the making.

I will leave work 15 times a day to pick my children up to go home and use the bathroom if I have to. Just sick.
picnick4
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August 23, 2013
Man, I guess our law-makers have all gone nuts.!

If you have an elephant hanging between your legs you go where the elephants hang out. real simple.

Maybe we need a third bathroom for the unsure of what they are.

I guess if we use the lawmakers logic you could say that I was born into a Mexican body but since I love hamburgers so much I must be white and allowed to join the K.K.K. I'm sure you are following where this is going. The sky is falling!!!
kkrobts
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August 23, 2013
Amen sisters! Maybe if enough parents start taking their kids out of school to use the bathroom at home, it will make things at school chaotic enough that someone will get the hint! And to think that we voted these people into the Assembly of whom 46 of them voted yes on this. We made 46 SERIOUSLY wrong choices!!! I like the third bathroom for the "I Don't Know" option!
Pandabear19
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August 24, 2013
Or maybe you could take sensitivity classes or partake in community service with all this free time you apparently have to pick up kids to go to the bathroom. Could you pick me up too? I really hate having to use the toilet after some chick goes number two!

All those extra fumes from starting your car probably won't be doing the environment any good. Oh crap, there I go on my liberal rant about Global Warming!
lovin'life
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August 24, 2013
Panda, your idiotic comment has led me to believe that you have no children. I am led to believe this because what kind of parent in their right mind would not do everything in their power to protect their children. Leaving work numerous times a day to pick up my children is so miniscule compared to spending several thousands of dollars in lawyer fees to have my son defended to prove that he didn't touch the little girl that shouldn't have been in their in the first place. Or how about the 16 year old that makes HIS way into the bathroom and rapes my 7 year old niece. All because he was unsure if the penis between his legs left him feeling confused and unsure about his identity that day.

Oh yeah, and in response to my free time.... One of the joys of being your own boss and business owner. You come and go as you please. You seem to have no children to be concerned about so standing at the Tracer bus stop to catch a ride shouldn't be too much of a hassle for you.

In regards to my vehicle fumes..... I would walk if I had to cause that's just how important my children are to me. Not only that but I don't think it would be too hard to arrange a carpool for those of us parents that are still sane.


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