AB 1266 – Forced Co-Ed Locker Rooms (Ammiano)

Position: Oppose

CRI’s Analysis
Existing law states that a school district may not prohibit a pupil from enrolling in any class or course on the basis of the sex of the pupil. This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity.

Gender identity is a person’s private sense of, and subjective experience of, their own gender regardless of their biological gender at birth. For example, if a female considers herself a male and is most comfortable referring to her personal gender in masculine terms, then her gender identity is male. Any student would be permitted to participate on male or female sports teams and access any bathroom or locker room of their choosing simply on the assertion that they identify themselves as a male or a female. School personnel would be subject to discrimination claims should a child, based on his or her own statement, not be allowed to use the bathroom of his or her own choosing. A boy would be free to come and go in girls’ locker rooms violating the privacy of thousands of students.

The intent of this bill is not to help our children get a better education – it is to integrate and encourage alternative sexual lifestyles by utilizing the school system. There is no protection for students that object to sharing bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms with students of the opposite sex. Such students could be subject to discrimination claims and punishment under anti-bullying laws. Male and female students should be able to get an education and develop healthy heterosexual relationships in a stable environment. The state should not allow mixed sexes into locker rooms and bathrooms based on a few students that claim to be a different gender than their gender at birth.

Legislative Update

Status – Referendum filed to repeal AB 1266 by Privacy For All Students

8/12/13 Signed into law by the Governor
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7/3/13 – Passed 21-9 on the Senate floor
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6/12/13 – Passed 5-2 in Senate Education Committee
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5/9/13 – Passed 46-25 on the Assembly floor
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4/17/13 – Passed 5-2 in Assembly Education Committee
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Read AB 1266 Here