Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Possible Initiative Action Against CA Transgender Equality Law

Remember AB 1266? It is the first-in-the-nation law that allows transgender children access to sex-restricted facilities and programs based on the gender they identify with, rather the sex they were born into. It was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown on August 12th and takes effect on January st.

At least that's the plan.

But the law, which has drawn fierce criticism and wringing of hands from Conservatives from the get go, might be short lived. 

A group calling itself Privacy for All Students is seeking to put the issue before the voters in November 2014. In order to do this, the group must gather  504,760 signatures. Initiative supporters are expected to begin circulating petitions for 150 days, starting this November.

Those that support the imitative claim that their revulsion to the law isn't trans-phobic or cruel. They site a variety of reasons ranging from the vague "must protect the children" to the almost laughable "boys will pretend to be girls in order to get a peek." Supporters are quick to point out that the law is gear to protect transgender children and that like any recognized medical condition, a doctor's note must acompany a request for special treatment.

The head of West Hollywood-based Equality California, one of the groups that originally helped craft the law, is skeptical about the initiative’s chances.

“This is a predictable move by fringe groups that oppose all pro-equality measures and that historically have lacked the capacity to successfully execute similar efforts,” executive director John O’Connor is quoted as saying in a written statement. “AB 1266 is an historic civil rights bill ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate and succeed in schools, including transgender students. EQCA and our partners will remain vigilant about monitoring the situation.”

Of course California's track record in terms of using the iniative process as a way of denying rights cannot be ignored. We will keep you posted....

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