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Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Wild Gender

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Gender Liberating Bill Quashed in Cali


The option for California kids to self-select their gender was included in a bill (Assembly Bill 266) that was quashed this morning. The controversial bill would have allowed students of various genders to choose bathroom locations and sports teams based on their gender identity.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R) pulled the bill shortly before its scheduled January 11 hearing. According to One News Now, the changes would have permitted students to “participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities and facilities,” including teams and competitions that are “consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed” on the student’s records. To read the full bill, click here.

The bill was originally introduced by California assembly member Tom Ammiano (D) of San Francisco, as an act to amend the Education Code, relating to state government pupil rights. But “pro-family” groups caught wind of the gender-inclusive changes and organized in opposition, fearing the bill would be a step toward “gender liberation” (which, apparently is a bad thing). One such organization is the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), who’s executive director Karen England, sent out an e-mail warning earlier this week, detailing the dangers of the bill.

“Do we really want girls going to the bathroom next our boys, and a boy going in our girl’s bathroom, whether it’s high school or first grade?” she asks. “This is ridiculous. Our classroom teacher may be very family-friendly, but the union they belong to is very anti-family and pushing this gender liberation agenda.”


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