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New Transgender Law Causes Uproar Among Some Local Republican Lawmakers

AB 1266 allows transgender public schoolchildren to choose male or female restrooms and locker rooms, and allows them to choose whether to play boys' or girls' sports.

The legislation, AB 1266, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown Aug. 19.  Patch file photo.
The legislation, AB 1266, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown Aug. 19. Patch file photo.
Lake Elsinore Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is "saddened" by legislation signed into law Monday that allows California's transgender schoolchildren to choose whichever restroom and locker room they want.

The legislation, AB 1266, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today, making California the first state in the nation to give transgender public school kids in K-12 these rights.

The new law also allows transgender students to choose whether they want to play boys' or girls' sports. 

While supporters say the law will help reduce bullying and discrimination, some local Republican lawmakers are not too happy. 

Assemblywoman Melendez said in a blog on Patch, "I find this law to be a violation of the safety, security and privacy of the very youth we have been elected to protect.

"I do not believe our schools should be used as a test bed for societal experiments," she continued.

And then there is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly out of San Bernardino County. One of his sons is leaving public school because of the new law, according to a report from The Press-Enterprise.

“My 13- and 16-year-old boys were horrified at the idea of sharing a bathroom and locker room with a member of the opposite sex, after having discussed AB 1266 with them. While trying to address a concern of less than 2 percent of the population, California is now forcibly violating the rights of the other 98 percent," Donnelly wrote on the website WND.

Click here to read the text of the bill.

lotsahelp August 20, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Yes of course pull the bogus connection to racism card...typical...same with the implication that to disagree is talking like children....amazing how much hate and bias is tossed by those so very open minded people....Oh and good thing you never served in the military sometimes they do have to die for their beliefs.
Kenny Smalley August 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Joseph, Your statement about never being in a locker room explains why you have this view. It is inevitable your daughter would see a penis if a male was in the locker room with her. Kids are learning about sex at way too young of an age as it is. Why give them a platform for experimentation and even more questions at such a young age? I think the phrase "let them be kids" works best here. Is it unreasonable to just keep this part of biology to its simplest form? Remember it is not the perception of yourself that deterimines whether you are a female or male.
One Voice August 20, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Gene: Well said, we still do have choices and don't have to be lead around by the Government on at least a few things and schooling kids is one of them.
Joseph Morabito August 20, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Kenny, I agree with what you wrote after the first two sentences. Well said. Then there is the issue of you putting words into my mouth. I played on the baseball team, not to mention regular PE. NO ONE ever took showers in the '80s. The only time I was my junk was exposed was for the brief moments it took to put on or take off my cup. Or the rare times we used the pool. No one ever paraded around the locker room uncovered.
Joseph Morabito August 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM
L-of-H, Gotta love a guy that feels compelled to poke his nose into something he's not part of... and then to intentionally misconstrue it. Then again, I'm talking to a guy that isn't confident enough to use his real name, so I should have expected that. For you to be so blind as to not see that I was speaking about POOR PARENTING, and not race, tells me about your comprehension and reasoning skills. Then that final crack about the military is a great cake topper. I can't imagine what it was supposed to mean. My country never called on me to serve, what a silly attempt at a cut down.
Becky Honkington August 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Joseph - No one EVER takes showers now. There are no genitals on display in the locker rooms. It is definitely not "inevitable your daughter would see a penis if a male was in the locker room with her", as stated by Kenny Smalley. Also - kids in high school already know what male and female genitals look like. This isn't the 19th century.
Kenny Smalley August 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Well, all I can comment on is my own experiences. My locker room was full of people showering and my sports locker rooms were full of immature guys. IMO I find it disgusting if the kids aren't showering. Do they go to classes sweaty and stinky after PE? Maybe they aren't showering because they are so worried about their sexual perceptions. These kids would rather be stinky and sweaty than have someone see their body. It goes back to everything being about sex and this law creating a platform for kids to experiment and ask questions when they should be learning Math.
Kenny Smalley August 20, 2013 at 05:20 PM
If you want to try it at restaurants or gas stations or whatever, let the people vote on it. Under no circumstances should there be a distraction like this in a place where kids are supposed to be learning life skills. With distractions like this maybe California can jump to 30th state in education rankings next year!
Joseph Morabito August 20, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Kenny, Again, I agree with you there, and when you say, "These kids would rather be stinky and sweaty than have someone see their body." I think that is a natural byproduct of the 'helicopter parent' generation. You and I were from a time that there were no bicycle helmets, much less laws. Kids today barely even know how to ride a bike, and they never are scene riding to school. It's a sissified world out there. My disconnect, on the issue of the article, is not so much "support for the law", I don't care one way or another, as reading all the "worst case scenarios" that people come up with. It's just not going to amount to anything, and all the hand wringing is for naught.
Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
"If you want to try it at restaurants or gas stations or whatever, let the people vote on it." Um...No. How a person operates his/her own business is their choice and should not be up for a vote. If people disagree with how a business is operated, go to another establishment or start a competing business. Let the free market decide, not a bunch of voters. Same thing applies to education: government schools are in the business of social engineering first and foremost. If you want your kids to get real education, yank them out of the government schools and place them in private, home school, or an educational co-op. Again, let the free market decide.
DB August 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Joseph Morabito August 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM My country never called on me to serve, what a silly attempt at a cut down. " You're Country calls on you to serve every day, you chose to ignore it like most cowards that are not willing to give to this Country the time to repay the Freedoms you enjoy.....So for now, sleep under the blanket our military staff provides you!
BLUESGUITAR777 August 20, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Re: Joseph Moronbito - Oh great, another progressive leftist troll with an axe to grind. Just what we need...
Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM
These are not "freedoms we enjoy". These are natural born rights that cannot be granted by any government. These are granted by our birth as individual human beings. FREEDOM? Why do we find ourselves in a nation that is suffering from an almost daily REDUCTION in freedom. I respect the military in times of real threat to our lives, liberty, and property, but to say that we "enjoy" freedom because of the military is a logical fallacy.
DB August 20, 2013 at 06:37 PM
@ Gene..then go live in a Country without a Military and see what that is like.....
Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 06:44 PM
"@ Gene..then go live in a Country without a Military and see what that is like..... " So long as people have the right to bear arms and has a government that supports freedom, there is little need of a military, especially a standing army (which the Founders were against). That's not the point though. I will restate my previous comment: if the military is supposed to protect our freedoms, then please explain why we have less freedom now than 10,20. 30, 50, 100 years ago. The casual reader will see the false connection between the military and preserving liberty.
lotsahelp August 20, 2013 at 08:24 PM
with regards to the purpose of the military- I will leave it to the internet wonks to find the exact verbiage and code that describes it's purpose. But I think of part of it's mission to protect our freedom. It isn't the military's fault when we vote away those freedoms!
lotsahelp August 20, 2013 at 08:29 PM
@Joe- you used racism in your example of bad parenting which I identified as a bogus comparison..I stand by that call out as the racism card is the go-to argument in recent years. With regards to "My country never called on me to serve, what a silly attempt at a cut down." you used the quote about ..."not being willing to die for my beliefs". hence my reference to the military. and for you to say your country has never called on you to serve? LMAO. Man I thought I left myself wide open for a crack about "I serve in other ways" . And I agree that many of the concerns are on "worse case scenario" but that is what the law is doing....we need a law for how many kids? but then we don't care about the feelings of the few that will be bothered? I say that is an example of pure hypocrisy...
lotsahelp August 20, 2013 at 08:32 PM
from Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM These are not "freedoms we enjoy". These are natural born rights that cannot be granted by any government._ Really? Have you looked at our Declaration of Independance? or the rights granted under our constituition? or what happens in countries that don't have our same concept of freedoms?? Check out russia lately?
Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 08:51 PM
@lotsahelp: I have read them, but do you understand them? The Declaration says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". Notice the Founders said "endowed by the CREATOR", not "endowed by the government".
lotsahelp August 20, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Yes but without that paper and the people to make it real we can harp about our rights all day long but if we live in some countries we are SOL...
Gene Trosper August 20, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I would have to respectfully disagree with your assertion that liberty is protected by a piece of paper. Here is a man that does an excellent job at explaining why a piece of paper does not protect rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngpsJKQR_ZE
American Woman August 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Becky do you think swimmers dont change into their clothes after water polo or swim practice? I know when my son played football he took a shower after the game. Not sure you have really thought this one through. I have raised children through the public school system. I myself went to public schools in California and I was in my bra and underwear in the locker room. Would I want to do that in front of a guy, no I wouldnt. I also would not want my daughter doing it either.
Kenny Smalley August 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Joe, I don't think I am talking worst case scenarios here. I am trying to think of all of the reasonable problems that may be caused by a law like this. Of all that I can list, I think the biggest three problems would be the social introduction of different private parts at too young of an age, it making every normal kid feel like a victim and most importantly the distraction it will cause in a place that is supposed to be for learning. IMO whoever wrote this law didn't take any of those three problems into consideration.
Kenny Smalley August 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Gene, I see what you're saying and I agree with you. I guess I just meant try it on a public forum somewhere before you make it a part of a 14 year old's life.
lotsahelp August 21, 2013 at 08:13 AM
..."and the people to make it real". We are parsing words...I haven't looked at the YouTube video but anyone can present a viewpoint In a debate or video. But the fact is our "papers" set down our rights and our government and the military and our processes et al help guarantee those rights. Take a look at court decisions and the language used will reflect this theory. New laws get passed(more paper) to protect people and define rights...
Gene Trosper August 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Kenny: Government schools should *never* be used for social experimentation or social engineering, but unfortunately, government schooling's primary purpose *is* social engineering. Therefore, there are only two recourses: keep your child in government school and hope for the best, even though their teachings are counter to your beliefs, or yank the kids out and give them an education that fits your beliefs. In between school board elections and the teacher's union, making positive change is darned near impossible. One's child could conceivably go from k-12 without these changes. Then what? Twelve years wasted. It's a very frustrating situation and I fervently hope that parents eventually take matters into their own hands. There is no need to let politicians,. bureaucrats, and teacher's unions ride roughshod over parents and students. The same applies to transgendered students: why would any parents wish to force their child into a forum where they would be ridiculed? That's child abuse as far as I am concerned. Thanks for contributing to a good conversation.
Gene Trosper August 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Lotsahelp: it's clear we do not agree and that I believe you are fundamentally wrong in regard to the role of the military "defending" our natural born, creator-granted rights. No matter how much you wish it to be so, our rights are bestowed upon us as individuals from our creator by birth. No government can usurp that and it's folly to believe governments can grant rights. The video I posted clearly demonstrates the logical fallacy that a group of individuals can declare on a piece of paper the "authority" to rule over others. I have no right to rule over you and you have no right to rule over me or anyone else. Just because a group of people magically claim that authority doesn't make it so. Either rights are inalienable or they are not. If they are inalienable, then no human has the right or moral authority to decide if "citizens" should have rights or not. If we are to have a government, then the sole purpose of government is to defend our inalienable, creator-given, individual rights.
Kenny Smalley August 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Gene, I agree that experimentation should never be used in schools. I don't agree with you on the public school theory. I went to public school my whole life and never had a problem.
Sew Good August 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM
This website seems to offer the best solution to this messed bill. http://savecalifornia.com/rescue-your-child.html
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT September 21, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Transgender student voted Homecoming Queen. http://www.today.com/news/transgender-homecoming-queen-makes-history-4B11222434

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