(LOS ANGELES) — Lawmakers in California have approved a bill that would let transgender students choose which restroom they use.
If signed by Governor Jerry Brown it would mark the first time a state has mandated that K-12 schools let transgender students choose, on their own, which restrooms they use — and which sports teams – male or female they join. The bill allows the choice to be made based on gender identity instead of chromosomes.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal aims to diminish bullying of transgender students.
Opponents of the bill say that California is going too far with the proposed legislation. State Sen. Jim Nielsen said that he believes that the regulation would make some students who don’t want to share a restroom with members of the opposite sex uncomfortable.
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