Under AB 1266 Transgender students may participate in sex-segregated school activities

If signed by Governor Brown, California Assembly Bill 1266 would require a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, regardless of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.

AB 1266 was passed by the Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education.  According to the author, Assembly member Tom Ammiano:

“Although current California law already protects students from discrimination in education based on sex and gender identity, many school districts do not understand and are not presently in compliance with their obligations to treat transgender students the same as all other students in the specific areas addressed by this bill. As a result, some school districts are excluding transgender students from sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities.  Other school districts struggle to deal with these issues on an ad hoc basis. Current law is deficient in that it does not provide specific guidance about how to apply the mandate of non-discrimination in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities.”  (See Senate Committee analysis)

Sponsors of AB 1266 are Equality of California, Gender Spectrum, GSA Network, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Transgender Law Center.


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