California Confusion

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

California’s AB 1266, which AND Magazine featured several months ago when it passed the State Assembly, is now the law in California. To call this law a travesty doesn’t go nearly far enough. This bill is a tragedy in the making.

The bill requires California public schools to grant access to all facilities based on students’ “gender identity” rather than their actual biological gender. This means that based on how they may feel on a particular day, boys could be sharing restrooms and locker rooms with girls, and vice versa.

Supporters of the bill pushed the idea based on its supposed status as an “anti-bullying” measure, and dismissed opponents’ concerns by pointing out the fact that the policy had been implemented in one school in San Francisco – where they have a system of checks in place to try and ensure that the policy is not abused. But the measures taken by that one school to prevent abuses of the policy were not written into AB 1266. For a bill written by modern progressives, AB 1266 is strangely concise. This leaves schools and school districts across California with the task of trying to throw together some sort of standards, policies, and/or requirements before the law takes effect on January 1, 2014…and hope that those standards are not in violation of this extremely broad law.


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