Repeal Of Calif. Transgender Student Protection Law May Be On 2014 Ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights say they have collected enough signatures for a ballot measure that would repeal the law.

Advocates for the law countered by saying any effort to nullify it would be a setback for transgender kids.

One of the provisions of the law, AB1266, would give transgender students the choice of playing on either a boys or girls sports team and to decide which restrooms and locker rooms to use—again, either the boys or girls depending on which they identify as.

Frank Schubert, the campaign manager for Privacy For All Students, said the law violates the privacy of non-transgender students and that his group has gathered 620,000 signatures to get a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would, if passed, repeal the law.

“We’re going to be working very closely with elections officials to make sure that every signature that’s valid is counted,” Schubert said.

John O’Connor, the executive director with Equality California said this movement is an attempt to take away non-discrimination protections.

“It’s really upsetting,” he said. “These are kids that just want to fit in, just want to go to school and just want to participate like everyone else.”

California is the first state to pass such a law.

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