April 29, 2013, Sacramento – Dozens of high school students are in the state capitol today advocating for two bills to help ensure all youth—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth—have the opportunity to stay in school and succeed. The youth are gathered for the 8th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day, which unites LGBT and straight ally youth activists from Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs across state.
It has been one year since I raised my hand in a U.S. history class during a lecture on gay rights, and came out as gay to 40 of my peers and my favorite teacher.
The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2.
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center, GSA Network, Gender Spectrum, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes and activities, and clarifies existing anti-discrimination law to provide clear protections to transgender students.
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Washington, D.C.-- Transgender students in public schools have the right to use gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. That is the message that the Obama administration delivered to all public school districts today in a joint letter from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. Specifically, the letter states:
“When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.”
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is heartened by the clear, unequivocal support the Obama Administration—via the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Civil Rights—has shown to transgender students in US public schools.
April 7, 2016
California public schools would be required to allow transgender students to use school facilities and participate in activities and on sports teams that match their gender identity under a bill introduced at the Capitol.
The Chambersburg Area School District board has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to reverse its denial of a Gay-Straight Alliance student club or go to court with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, said three previous cases in Pennsylvania -- in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and Hermitage, Mercer County in 2009, and a third in Brownsville, Fayette County in 2012 -- stand as examples of what the school board should do.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266, co-authored by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities.