The law allows transgender students in California public schools to choose which sports and extracurricular activities they participate in – and which bathrooms and locker rooms to use – based on their gender identity, not their physical characteristics.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the measure last August. Opponents immediately gathered more than 600,000 voter signatures for a November referendum to overturn the law.
Now, a random sample projects the referendum would fall about 22,000 valid signatures short of the roughly 500,000 needed to qualify. That margin was just barely close enough for the measure to avoid failing outright. Instead, counties will check each voter’s signature individually between now and late February.
The law itself took effect on New Year’s Day but will be suspended if the referendum qualifies.
Should students be able to use facilities and play on teams based on the gender they identify with?
(AP) - Ten states are suing the federal government over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms conforming to their gender identity.
(AP) - Backers of a proposed ballot initiative that sought to require transgender people to use the public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex say they have failed to qualify the measure for the California ballot.
Transgender victims of violence in California will now have more legal protections.
(AP) - California has paroled a transgender inmate a day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.
A new California law allows the death certificates of transgender people to reflect the gender they identified with, rather than their biological sex.