California's AB 1266, which AND Magazine featured several months ago
when it passed the State Assembly, is now the law in California. To call this law a travesty doesn't go nearly far enough. This bill is a tragedy in the making.
The bill requires California public schools to grant access to all facilities based on students' "gender identity" rather than their actual biological gender. This means that based on how they may feel on a particular day, boys could be sharing restrooms and locker rooms with girls, and vice versa.
Supporters of the bill pushed the idea based on its supposed status as an "anti-bullying" measure, and dismissed opponents' concerns by pointing out the fact that the policy had been implemented in one school in San Francisco ' where they have a system of checks in place to try and ensure that the policy is not abused. But the measures taken by that one school to prevent abuses of the policy were not written into AB 1266. For a bill written by modern progressives, AB 1266 is strangely concise. This leaves schools and school districts across California with the task of trying to throw together some sort of standards, policies, and/or requirements before the law takes effect on January 1, 2014...and hope that those standards are not in violation of this extremely broad law.
Imposing this kind of universal requirement with no sort of accountability mechanism in place is more than irresponsible, it is dangerous. It is dangerous for our children, who are left open for violations of their privacy, or worse. It is dangerous for our schools, as it opens the door for all kinds of liability issues. It is dangerous for our cities, counties, and our state as a whole, which hardly have the budgetary resources to fight the inevitable spate of litigation that will result from this ill-conceived law. The fact that such an irresponsible bill could be pushed through both houses of the California legislature and signed by the governor is a major sign of California's decline. We cannot run an entire state as though it were Haight-Ashbury and expect the state to survive.
One of the biggest questions that remain unanswered is just how AB 1266 stops bullying at all...if anything, it would seem that this bill would make bullying of gender confused students worse. I can only imagine the kind of day a boy would have when it first becomes known that he was using the girl's locker room, or what would happen when a little girl tells her older brother about the boy who came into the girl's restroom.
As a parent of two little girls, I am furious that the California legislature and Governor Brown would sign a bill violating my and my daughters' rights for a feel-good bill that will never accomplish its intended goal. The goal of schools should be education. As a parent, I should never
have to worry about my girls being exposed to male genitalia at school; what AB 1266 does is to legally protect the violation of my daughters' innocence under the law of the State of California.
As students across California start a new school year, parents across the Golden State are left with a difficult decision. Too many of California's schools are already failing academically, so it is unfortunate that the Democrats who control the legislature would rather use the state's public school system for their perverted social experiments, constantly focusing on sexualizing our children, rather than educating them. Between this decision, the focus on gay history, and the new introduction of the progressive Common Core curriculum, I will be doing everything I can to make sure that my children never darken the door of a public school in California.