A California legal group is warning the public that a bill now
in the California State Senate will allow students to choose the
gender they want to be in restrooms and locker rooms, and on
Robert Tyler, general counsel at Advocates for Faith
& Freedom, predicts California Assembly Bill 1266 will pass
the state Senate and be signed into law.
"What that bill does is further emphasize the right in
California of students to claim their own gender identity to use
the facilities of their choice, restrooms and locker rooms," Tyler
The attorney says the legislation goes "even further" and lets
students choose their athletic team.
The legislation passed in the California Assembly in May without
any votes from Republican lawmakers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Much like Tyler's warning, the newspaper also reported the law
would allow transgendered students "to participate on sports teams
and use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not
Tyler says the legal group has spoken to numerous girls in
public schools who say they feel vulnerable with males who claim to
be females. These males are currently allowed to use the girls'
locker room. AB 1266 would take that to the next step.
"For example," Tyler says, "a boy could choose to be on the
girls' swimming team or a boy could choose to be on the girls'
basketball team based upon his own identity that he has established
for himself or claims to identify with."
The spokesman for Advocates says the legal group is defending
the rights of students who do not want to participate in the
state's trend of "gender liberation."