California to recognise transgender pupil preferences
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Transgender students in California public schools will be able to choose which bathrooms to use and which sex-segregated sports to play, according to new legislation passed on Monday.
The bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown would allow students to be treated as their chosen gender rather than that listed on their official documents.
Supporters of the law say it will help reduce bullying, while opponents have warned that the new policy will disrupt learning.
"Will transgender students make some other children uncomfortable? Perhaps," said the author of the bill, Democratic state legislator Tom Ammiano.