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.

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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