To supporters of the new state law nicknamed the ''Transgender Bathroom Bill'' it makes perfect sense. In accordance with longstanding Federal policies against discrimination, and in accordance with what's already being done in Los Angeles and San Francisco school districts. Schools are required to let K-12 students use the facilities corresponding to their ''gender identity'', even if it's opposite of how they were born.
In other words, if you identify yourself as a boy, live your life as a boy, you use the boy's bathroom and locker room, even if you were born a girl. (http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/8756). This doesn't mean, as one teacher told me at Miguel Contreras Learning Center, that the ''stereotypical jock guy'' comes in one day, puts on a dress, and goes into the girls locker room to watch them shower, as some opponents fear. It's more about students who've gone through the long process, with their parents in most cases, to change their identity.
Typically, other students don't even realize it. The idea is to prevent bullying, to prevent someone from being singled out as different. The folks at LAUSD say they've been doing this for 10 years without any real problems. Still, a group of conservative groups in California are banding together calling themselves '' Privacy for all Students'', gathering signatures to force a ballot initiative to allow voters a chance to repeal what's technically known as the School Success and Opportunity Act. They say it will lead to awkward and unwanted violations of privacy, girls looking at boys, and vice versa, but supporters say that just doesn't happen.
We'll be hearing a lot more about this going forward as the signatures are gathered. We'll be on it.