Calif. Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

Tim Donnelly (From: arc.asm.ca.gov)
Tim Donnelly (From: arc.asm.ca.gov)
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Updated: 8/16/2013 5:55 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use has caused his family to pull at least one son from their local public school.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly wrote in a column that his sons were "horrified" to learn they might have to share a restroom with female students. He told The Associated Press on Friday that he is pulling one son out of middle school, while another son is uncertain if he will return to his public high school.

They live in a small community in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains.

The new law gives students the right to participate in sex-segregated programs, including sports teams, based on their self-identified gender and regardless of their physical gender.

Supporters said it will help reduce bullying and discrimination. Detractors like Donnelly say it will invade other students' privacy.

Donnelly's statements came as opponents of the law filed a referendum seeking to overturn AB1266.

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