Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
I am so proud to be a Californian because the good people of this state consistently err on the side of fairness for all. As a transgender man, I am especially proud that California passed the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266) – an unequivocal affirmation that all students, including transgender students, can fully participate in school programs and facilities as their authentic selves.
The law is already having a positive impact. School Districts are updating their policies to comply. And, at Transgender Law Center we’ve heard from students like Zoe, a 12 year old transgender girl in Los Angeles, whose school was previously not recognizing her as a girl. Zoe’s mom tells us that now, thanks to this new law, Zoe is thriving.
Recently, opposition efforts failed to gather enough signatures to place a repeal of AB1266 on November’s ballot. Thank goodness – none of us want to go through another campaign like Prop 8. However, the other side is threatening lawsuits and continues to fan the flames of fear.
We need your help to continue creating a culture wherein every student is able to be happy and do well in school. Please, talk to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues about why supporting transgender students is important to you. On social media, share the stories of transgender youth, available at supportallstudents.org.
And, keep doing what you’re doing at Alice B. Toklas Club to advance policies that promote fairness for all. Thank you for your support.