The School Success and Opportunity Act aka California’s Transgender Student Bill



ab-1266-dunk3Once again, my dear state of California has stepped out in what some call ground breaking legislation, paving the way for other states to follow. It is ground breaking for certain, even earth shaking, which is apropos, coming from earthquake prone California. Governor Brown has signed AB1266 into law, which “gives students the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities” based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender.” This K-12 legislation will take effect in January 2014, but will face many lawsuits stemming from it implementation.

“They will be able to participate in activities, consistent with their gender identity…. rather than singling kids out specifically who are transgender identified, this is a way for them to feel like, they are just like their peers. They are treated exactly the same way” stated an advocate on a Foxnews.com interview. Yet, this legislation, which helps such a small minority in comparison to the overall population of school children, does not in fact treat the students exactly the same but creates a legislative niche for the few, amongst the majority, whose voice has been muffled over the din of the organizations which have supported it. For the transgender student who has had to deal with the struggle of which bathroom to use, the individual school district should make arrangements and not make it a big government mandate.

Proponents claim that this legislation will help with bullying, yet I submit that we have only seen the beginning of bullying that this legislation will ultimately foster. Because the language of the legislation does not require bona fide evidence that one is transgender, any student may decide to be transgender for the day, giving them license to enter the opposite sex’ bathroom and locker room at will. Bullying at it’s worst will happen. I can imagine initiations and hazings to benefit from this law, where the perpetrators can cry protection under it’s umbrella, while the victim will be forever violated by what was supposedly meant to protect students. Imagine showering after physical education, or a track meet with your fellow athlete, only to discover one’s body parts don’t match. Imagine the junior high girl who has just gotten her period, walking out to find a junior high boy washing his hands in your once private sanctuary. Imagine the 7th grade boy, hormonal, confused and naked with a bunch of girls, eager to humiliate the kid they are forced to shower with. The restroom, a place of escape and privacy, is now a facility of discomfort and embarrassment for all who don’t embrace this law. Bullying will take on an entirely new meaning.

According to Foxnews.com, Randy Thompson of savecalifornia.com, says the law would “damage” kids.

“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,” Thomasson said. “This is insanity.”

The very kids which this legislation was intended to “help”, will ultimately hurt all and the indoctrination of the youngest child “protected” by this law is perhaps the most heinous aspect. What parent really supports telling their kindergarten boy that his gender identity, his penis, doesn’t matter now, and that if a little girl comes into his bathroom, he is just to be polite and ignore her? The confusion that will occur at school for the elementary age child, a place where learning and play should be the priority, cannot be understated. No longer is grammar school about reading, writing and arithmetic, but for the promotion of extreme propaganda, with the intent to inoculate young children to this radical agenda.

Parents of public school kids must have a new conversation with their children. No longer is the golden rule enough, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, but rather the new rule, “avert your eyes when your transgender peer comes into your locker room or bathroom”. “It’s not polite to stare” takes on a new meaning under AB1266. No longer does the benign question, “how was your day at school” have an equally benign answer, as parents could have in response “fine, until a six foot tall man walked into the bathroom while I was changing.” This is what progress looks like?

The supporters of this law have cataracts that cloud their mental vision and ultimately their ability to see the unintended consequences of the legislation. They blindly lead their followers to the answer the seems to be the best, without regard for the whole of society. It is “all about them” and their desires, without reflecting on how to meet the need they represent with the least amount of damage and disturbance to the rest of society. If the need is a bathroom for the transgender student, then give them a bathroom, like a family restroom one finds at a department store. If the transgender student wants to play on the opposite sex’ sports team, then allow the districts to work it out at the local level. The organizations that have pushed for this legislation don’t want to take into account the whole of society, but want to force society to revolutionize from the top down, in a mass power grab.

The majority is without a voice in California. We speak, and the liberal courts over turn, at the beckoning of the radical few who scream the shrillest. We protest and we are labeled as haters. The good of society as a whole is no longer what drives the legislature here, but rather the radical ideas propagated by the loudest and many times most politically connected voices. Our school kids suffer for it, and ultimately, the fate of California lies in the ayes of it’s liberal leaders.

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  • AutumnDenver

    Seeing how the two largest school districts in California (S.F. & L.A.) have had this policy in place for over a decade with absolutely zero incidents, I think you’re simply fear mongering.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Actual zero incidents or zero incidents that have been reported?

      • Argon

        How would you discern the difference given what you know?

        e.g. Is true that there aren’t 200,000 actual cases of alien abduction in Boone County alone or is it that they haven’t been reported?

        The author is making a positive claim that damage will be inflicted. AutumnDenver asks “really?” and says two large districts already have these policies in place. It seems that the author could actually research the likelihood of her claim using these examples. I would like to see the claims further quantified in terms of the numbers of negatively affected students and the nature/degree of the ‘damage’ proposed. And it this balanced by a net benefit?

    • Rebecca

      Not a problem for my brother who attended school in CA. He learned to hold it until he got home, and never participatipated in P.E. or sports. What do you like about the bill, AutumnDenver?

  • Shear Avory

    It is appropriate and was a MUST for the California legislature to make this decision. AB1266 is a another step towards equality for all and will encourage all students to see their peers as equal regardless of their sex, gender preference, and or sexual orientation. Hopefully, this groundbreaking decision will empower our federal government to make a sweeping ruling – which will be another step for equality for all!

  • Baltimatt

    If the restroom is truly “a place of escape and privacy,” why is this an issue?