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California Assembly Passes Bill With New Protections For Trans Youth

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shutterstock_137294672__1368386478_142.196.156.251This week, the California Assembly passed a bill that would give greater protections to trans youth. Everyone with a brain rejoiced. Those without brains spouted their usual, nonsensical bullshit.

California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), was authored by State Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). The bill will “require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities,including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” So the kids will be protected to affiliate themselves with teams and use the bathrooms that coincide with their gender identity. This is fantastic.

These kids identify as transgender and are living as such. Why should there be any question as to which bathroom they can use or what sports team they can join?

Of course there are a bunch of religious nuts that think that allowing a child to safely identify with a gender is destroying the moral fabric of society. Their arguments are always so inane that they really don’t need to be deconstructed or argued. What’s the old saying, give ’em enough rope

Here are some of the comments from Capoliticalnews.com, a conservative site based out of California:

Does it hurt anyone? YES!!!! It spreads the sickness and filth and lies of spiritual death and moral decay. It seduces children and adults alike into wicked homosexuality, with all it’s STDs and AIDS and high risk of death.

If a gender is no longer defined by a person’s biology, and only by what they say, who is to say if he/she is lying and may sexually harass a peer?

Yes, that makes total sense! Non-transgender kids never harass their peers. Identifying as trans-gender is obviously the easy way to sneakily harass your peers. What the hell? Does this person actually believe the stuff that is coming out of his or her mouth?

This is a resolution too extreme for our school system. It imposes an idealogy that may have affect the straight children… Furthermore, it may be a big invasion of privacy and also of moral and sexual sanity for the straight majority. This would only influence more Sexuality among our children, and LGBQT conversions, and confusion among the straight.

Right. We’ve forgotten that trans kids are contagious. Allowing them to safely use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify will turn the whole school into one giant crazy orgy. And we can’t forget the LGBQT conversions! Am I conscious?

This is trully disgutsing and pretty much says it All about how bad our country has gotten!!! Time for homeschooling if this stupid bill passes. Anyone know where we can sign a petition to STOP it?

You are so right! Forget about gun violence, poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse… trans youth are destroying America. Time for homeschooling. Only, I hope you don’t plan on it, because you can’t even spell “truly” or “disgusting.”

Good job, California. Hopefully this bill will influence how other states protect trans youth.

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17 Comments

  1. Tea

    May 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I think people are under the impression they can and will always spot trans people, and that they all look like men with 5 O’ Clock shadow in a mini skirt who sounds like Dr. Girlfriend. The fact is that no body is going to go through all of the legit transgender hoops just to go skirt peeping, especially when it means facing the bullying that is high school. Most of them just want to blend in and move on. Chances are, many people know have met several trans individuals and have no idea. It’s even easier for young teenagers to pass, blend in and move on.

    My personal favorite argument is to bring up that if they want to strictly enforce bathroom laws anywhere, do you really want to submit to a skirt check? That tends to get a lot of women very ruffled, because they “obviously” aren’t “Transvestite perverts”.

    Besides, if I had to use the bathroom of my “biological sex,” I’d be peeing in the bushes, being intersexed is a bitch.

    • Psych Student

      May 15, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Very well said!

  2. Emmali Lucia

    May 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Honestly I’d be very glad if the wackjobs against this DID start homeschooling their kids, I hope that the kids can learn about open-mindedness elsewhere, but It’d be a great thing to not have to deal with those types of people during PTA

  3. Boots

    May 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I find it so interesting that many cultures (especially Asian) see gender as a spectrum, rather than a one-of-two kind of deal. Some even define up to 7 genders. Why is the West so hung up on this dull duality?

    • Alina

      May 14, 2013 at 2:10 am

      I’m curious as to which cultures? I have never heard of 7 genders, and my family is Asian. Of course Asia is a massive continent so you could very well be correct. But in my experience in East Asia, Middle East and India, the usual gender binary exists…many parts of Asia are much stricter than the West in regards to gender norms too.

  4. EmmaFromÉire

    May 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

    My favourite part of the response is seeing religious groups utterly blow up, as if their narrow definition of morality is the only correct one. I’d never live by any religious ruling, be it Islam, Catholic, what have you.

    And god forbid they affect the STRAIGHT children! The horror! The sexuality! The look on their faces when the pants come off!

    • Psych Student

      May 15, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Yes, there is such tremendous concern that *other* people in the world may be anything other than straight and cisgendered (having a gender identity that aligns with one’s biological sex). It implies (actually, pretty blatently states) that if others were convinced to be LGBT(etc) that would be *bad*. I think it would be great! But the concerned people can’t imagine there might be something positive to non-straight people. The horror!

  5. Thnkaboutit

    May 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    All morality aside, the main problem I have with it is the sports teams. Will this allow biological males to play on girls’ teams? Males are naturally stronger and faster by their middle school years. It will not be fair if biological females are competing with and against biological males.

    • Tea

      May 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Actually, if hormone therapy has been started (And in highschool it often would be), the advantage drops dramatically with anti-androgen therapy, and even more so when estrogen is started. So, in about six months, it becomes a very even split again.

    • Maureen Sagan

      May 14, 2013 at 2:15 am

      Tea, nowhere does it say the trans student needs to have hormone therapy (or any medical treatment). The law states that ANY pupil can join whichever sport team or use whatever facility they choose to, regardless of their biological gender. So to answer the question, yes, a biological male student can now try out for the women’s team.

    • Tea

      May 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I was just stating that it has usually been started by then in youth who are transitioning openly enough for the school board to know, and if it has, it does level the field very quickly.

    • Psych Student

      May 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

      The likelihood that a biological male who is happily male would want to play on a woman’s team (for any reason other than there being a lack of a men’s team), is minimal. Knowing how cruel kids can be, a boy playing on a girls team is going to recieve a lot of flack for “being a girl” or “needing to play with the girls to succeed”. While not impossible, it is unlikely that any boy would subject himself to such ridicule just to compete against girls. However, a trans girl (with or without hormones) who presumably presents/lives her life as a girl can now play on the girls team. Besides, there are woman who are strong enough to beat out some boys but they still play against girls. This is because we divide sports by gender rather thank physical prowess (the merits of which are debatable).

    • Vikky

      May 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      THIS!
      Equal rights shouldn’t gut Title 9!

  6. Victoria

    May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’m merely curious about whether or not this would have any effect on non-transgendered persons, such as an originally biological/cis-gendered male who wanted to play on an all-female t-ball team or vice-versa. Will schools continue to have gendered sports teams, or will this be considered outdated soon? It’s interesting to watch as our political/social climate is changing.

    • Psych Student

      May 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

      I can’t imagine there would be very many cis-gendered men who would want to play on a girls team. If they aren’t athletic enough to make it on the guys team, will they really be good enough to make on a girls team? And if he’s a real alpha male who is fit and strong, then chances are the ego and teasing from peers would sway the desire to be on a girls/womens team.

    • Victoria

      May 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

      True. But the rules would be in place, if he ever wanted to. And he would have to be allowed to use the same locker rooms/showers, because anyone questioning him about his sexual self-identity would be putting themselves in danger of litigation for insensitivity toward possible non-traditional/non hetero-normative self identity. It seems very tangled to me, I’ll watch with interest as these things develop.

  7. BigBlue

    May 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I always say it’s very telling that these people don’t seem to have a grasp on the English language. The random capitalization of words always seems to be a dead giveway that you’re dealing with a loon.

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