Education
6:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Controversial Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Action from Governor Brown

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated in school.
Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated in school.
Credit Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

A controversial transgender student bill is awaiting action from California Governor Jerry Brown. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, it would

allow transgender students to play on sports teams and use the facilities of the gender with which they identify.

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated. His school district in Manteca views him as a girl but he identifies as male.  Lee says getting assigned to girls P.E. and having to use the female restrooms unfairly singles him out. 

“This will help me be able to participate fully as who I am in school without having to hide anything and without having to be uncomfortable," says Lee.

Opponents fear the measure could have unintended consequences. Carol Hogan with the California Catholic Conference says the bill doesn’t guard against some students acting in bad faith.

“It wouldn’t be a stretch to realize that mischievous or malicious students might use the law to actually intimidate other people," says Hogan.

Both sides are heavily lobbying Governor Brown.

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