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CA Assemblyman Pulls Son From Public School Because Of Transgender Protections

Tim DonnellyIn an example of completely sensible behavior that is not in any way a pearl-clutching overreaction, California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is pulling at least one of his sons from public school this fall because of the newly-enacted protections for transgender students. Donnelly decided on this course of action when his two teen-aged sons were "horrified" after he told them that they might have to share bathrooms with female students. Which is, of course, an outright lie.

He asserts that the privacy rights of students “will be replaced by the right to be ogled,” though he fails to clarify who will be ogling whom. He also wrote in an article for World Net Daily in which he claimed that, “While trying to address a concern of less than 2 percent of the population, California is now forcibly violating the rights of the other 98 percent,” because as experienced lawmakers know, if a minority is small enough then their rights don't matter.

Donelly, who is considering a bid for governor of California next year, claims that he has heard from a growing number of concerned parents who are also removing their children from school. However, none of the concerned parents were willing to speak publicly about their decisions.

The law, which expands the rights and protections of transgender students, goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The Pacific Justice Institute of Sacramento and California-based Capitol Resource Institute both took actions last week to place a referendum of AB1266 on the California ballot in hopes of overturning the law.

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  1. Transgenderism is a mental condition which damages the gay rights cause.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 19, 2013 6:05:33 PM

  2. Lying to your kids for the intended purpose of scaring them, and using them to further a political agenda...

    Someone should call Child Protective Services on the guy, he's unfit to be a father.

    Posted by: Pookie | Aug 19, 2013 6:06:12 PM

  3. It remains to be seen if a bill like this will really help rather than hinder the rights and livability of Trans students in
    CA schools. There is already a backlash in the press (LA Times opined that only 1 1/2% of the CA student population is impacted).

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 19, 2013 6:10:55 PM

  4. He's also rabidly anti-gay, surprise!

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 19, 2013 6:14:52 PM

  5. From his official biography_____
    The third oldest of 14, Tim was born in Atlanta, Georgia
    ....In 2005, Tim answered the call of his country, and joined the fight to secure our borders. As the founder of the largest Minuteman chapter in California, he leveraged the media to bring national attention to the Federal government's failure to enforce the border. Since then, Congress voted against amnesty, to improve the border fence and double the Border Patrol presence. The American public is acutely aware of the drug war, which has claimed over 40,000 lives in 4 years, and the violence that has spilled over the border into California

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 19, 2013 6:42:43 PM

  6. Religion rots reasoning abilities.
    This guy is worse than ignorant he is willfully ignorant.
    Oh! dont mention intersex to him, his head will probably explode, ...on the other hand ....

    Posted by: renovato | Aug 19, 2013 6:44:02 PM

  7. his poor kid is going to have a lot to get straightened out in his head when he finds out how full of s**t his ol' man is.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 19, 2013 6:47:23 PM

  8. future headline: "CA Assemblyman Tim Donnelly buries his own son because he never learned to be a proper father instead of an anti-gay bigot."

    he's scum and his kid's gonna grow up totally f***ed in the head.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 19, 2013 6:53:12 PM

  9. Trans students have it hard enough, so whatever backlash occurs if one does, they will likely be prepared for it. But no such backlash occurred in LA and SF that have had similar laws in place for years, so I doubt anything will happen in most Californian schools.

    Feel bad for this bigot's kids.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 19, 2013 6:58:08 PM

  10. they must all have really small dicks if they are worried about it being seen by a "female" LOL.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 19, 2013 6:58:49 PM

  11. "when his two teen-aged sons were "horrified" after he told them that they might have to share bathrooms with female students."

    Have you ever heard of teenaged boys that would be Horrified at having a girl in their bathroom? ....Oh wait! I would have been. But I never had a problem sharing with hot guys.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Aug 19, 2013 7:05:54 PM

  12. Good riddance. Take your little bigot in training and get lost.

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Aug 19, 2013 7:09:56 PM

  13. His son was failing probably.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Aug 19, 2013 7:13:44 PM

  14. Racing, at supersonic speed, to the very bottom...leaving any trace of intelligence as mere be carried away on the next breeze (as humanity simply turns the page).

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 19, 2013 7:34:04 PM

  15. I wouldn't worry about him becoming California governor or anything.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 19, 2013 7:45:21 PM

  16. His district is out in the sparsley populated southern California desert. Ever go through Needles on Route 40 (Flagstaff to LA)?

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 19, 2013 7:51:10 PM

  17. Fine, then, put the hell spawn in a Kazikstan school. Some leader...he's obviously emminantly unqualified to make decisions for his district.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 19, 2013 8:32:10 PM

  18. More room for everybody else.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 19, 2013 9:00:26 PM

  19. Hope the taxpayers aren't going to spring for private Christian schooling.

    Posted by: chris255 | Aug 19, 2013 9:00:40 PM

  20. Bigotry at his children's expense. Will they stop at nothing?!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 19, 2013 9:10:28 PM

  21. Tim Donnelly proves that some Irishmen can be such bigots. Oh he's not Irish. His ancestors were just owned by some Irishman. Sorry. The history of bigotry can be so confusing. I hope his son doesn't find out that his great grand parents and beyond suffered from the same kind of bigotry his father encourages.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 19, 2013 9:15:05 PM

  22. Why would your teenage son be horrified about sharing a bathroom with a teenage female...that guy kinda has gay face.

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 19, 2013 9:22:28 PM

  23. Good riddance bigot. Go ahead and make sure your demon spawn is as uneducated and stupid as you are, barbarian.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 19, 2013 9:34:04 PM

  24. Those of us who live in California know that this guy is harmless - mainly because so few Republicans can get elected.

    While it is touch and go, the Democrats have had a "supermajority" in the assembly, which allows them to get something passed even when a 2/3 vote is required (true in some cases such as tax increases).

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 19, 2013 10:11:04 PM

  25. It seems that many gay people are themselves not completely aware of transgender issues and guilty of the same kind of prejudice espoused by people like this CA assemblyman and Huckabee. Could Towleroad consider an article refuting their bogus claims - laying out why transgender laws will not result in bathroom issues - and explain the issues that transgender people face? Alternatively, could you point out links to some good articles for the benefit of everyone? A big thank you to the team for your help.

    Posted by: Kai | Aug 19, 2013 11:02:30 PM

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