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Calif. bill allowing transgender students to use bathroom of their choice expected to pass

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California schools will soon be required to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room of their choosing, as well as participate on same-sex sports teams, regardless of their gender, Red Alert Politics reported Tuesday.

Assembly Bill 1266, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) "would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records."

The bill, which the state assembly passed last month, is expected to pass in the Democratic state senate and be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, Red Alert Politics reported.

"It's about ensuring transgender students, just like all students, have a fair chance to be themselves and succeed at school," said Melissa Goodman, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, told the Los Angeles Times.

Carol Hogan, a spokeswoman for the California Catholic Conference, opposes the measure, saying, "Our Legislature tends to get involved in things that are better handled in local school districts."

She also said the law could be abused by students seeking easy access to the opposite sex, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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