Conservative groups are pushing for a referendum to overturn a new law that lets California students use bathrooms and locker rooms that reflect their gender identity rather than their actual gender.
Opponents of the idea argue that the law will cause problems and conflicts for students. A conservative coalition is circulating a petition to overturn the new law with a referendum. They have dubbed the law "The co-ed bathroom bill."
They claim that the law allows the rights of transgender students to trump the rights of other students as far as privacy is concerned.
But according to Judy Chaisson with the LA Unified School District, the district has had a similar approach in place for almost a decade, with great success.
She says the policy has "helped transgender students feel comfortable, rather that isolated, at school. We made sure that students can use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. We have helped them join the appropriate gym classes and sports teams. And we have watched these students thrive."
There are concerns that with the protections of A.B. 1266, many transgender students might feel fearful to go to school, to have to use restroom and locker rooms that don't reflect their gender identity, and possibly face bullying and misunderstandings.
The opposing coalition has to gather half a million valid signatures for the referendum by early November. The new law is set to go into effect next January first.